Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.
Gene and the boys arrive at their new ranch to find themselves in the dairy business instead of punching cows. They soon become victims of Doc Blair's outlaw gang that is keeping all milk shipments from reaching the market. Gene eventually learns that Blairs's men get their instructions in code when his medical bulletins are read over the radio. Gene obtains the code and hopes a false message will lead the gang into a trap. Written by
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Our 'Hero' Gene Autry must help out Frog Milhouse (Smiley Burnette) who has acquired a Dairy Farm rather then the Ranch intended. There is trouble with the local Dairy Association and a group of Rackeeters who wish to control all deliveries of milk. These are led by Dr. Rodney Blair (Robert Barrett) with Dave Haines (Buster Crabbe) doing the heavy lifting. Carol Haines (June Storey), Dave's Sister and manager of the local radio station is their unwitting dupe and future romantic interest for Gene. Don't worry, justice will prevail and the milk will get through to the Big City and the Kiddies!
Robert Barrett usually played a similar role in 'B' films over at Warner Brothers, so is quite at home roughing it up out west. Buster Crabbe over from Universal lays down his Raygun and Sword for Six-Shooters and switches from Space-Ship to Horses. Doing very well playing a heel who redeems himself in the last reel. Mr. Crabbe in the 1940s and 50s would make the switch to Westerns for most of his roles.
Like most Autry Westerns the 'west' is a combination of contemporary and traditional. The print on Encore Westerns is the restored 65", nice and clean. Usual Western themed songs are interspersed with action scenes. The climatic chase is very well handled and would not disgrace a 'A' film. These films have a innocent charm about them and are well worth the watch.
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