Rancher Cal Pierson (James Marcus) becomes paralyzed and his foreman Ranse Willard (Ward Bond) takes charge. Keeping Cal and his nurse Alice (Geneva Mitchell) prisoners in the ranch house, Ranse builds a barbed-wire fence across the narrow entrance to the valley and demands five dollars a head from every cattleman who drives his herd through the pass. Cattleman's Association investigator Ken Martin (Ken Maynard), posing as a slow-talking and slower-thinking itinerant peddler, sizes up the situation when he rides up onto a fight between Ranses's henchmen and cattle Chet Rogers (Edward Hearn) and Bob Buckner (Dick Rush.) Ken, disguised as the old peddler, saves Chet's Life, and consents to carry a message to old Cal asking if he really wants the pass closed. Ken, now disguised as a masked rider, is chased by Ranse's men, but changes back to the peddler, and tells the pursuers he can identify the masked rider. Ken tells Ranse he knows the rider is going to tear down the fence that night.... Written by
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Fighting A Lone War Against The Robbers Of The Range!
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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more
Remade as Riders of the Frontier