In the midst of the Civil War, Lassiter has a plan to get control of California. Working out of St. Joseph, he plans to send forged messages to the troops on the west coast via Pony Express. First he attempts to bribe Pony Express ride Roy Rogers. When Roy refuses he turns to the outlaw Johnson and his gang and this leads to trouble. Written by
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Who are those tough looking men?
The big one leaning against the post is Luke Johnson. They say he is an outlaw.
Well, why isn't he in prison?
This isn't Maryland, honey. This is the frontier. The last two marshals that went after Johnson are dead.
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This Roy Rogers feature has a pretty good story and a good dose of action. It has Roy working as a Pony Express rider during the Civil War, who must try to foil a series of plots against the mail service. There is quite a bit to the story for a B-feature, and while the characters all remain one-dimensional, the plot, while at times implausible, is good enough to keep your attention all the way through. It's one of Rogers's earlier starring roles, so there are only a couple of songs, with more of an emphasis on the action. It all makes for a fast-paced movie that works as light entertainment. Most fans of old Westerns should find this one worthwhile.
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