When Gene sends young Jim Agnew on the train with the cattle to be sold, Jim loses them in a crooked poker game. When Jim doesn't return Gene goes after him. Meeting Stephanie, she gives Gene a job on her father's ranch. Gene eventually realizes her father Lock is behind the crooked gamblling scheme but Gene is then captured by Lock and his men just as Lock makes plans to have Jim killed. Written by
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[while Gene got directions to the bad guys hideout over the phone, Smiley transcribed the conversation]
I got every word. Now look, you go to the, yeah, turn right, yeah, over to the, I see, I got it, thanks. You know if we follow this, we're lost before we even get started.
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Routine Autry entry that nevertheless manages a few notable features. Gene's working to get back cattlemen's money lost by young Agnew (Brooks) in a crooked poker game. Trouble is the crooked set-up is headed by wealthy father (Richards) of the winsome young Stephanie (McKenzie). So Gene has to figure all of this out while hired henchmen are trying to stop him.
This is one of those entries that mixes cars and horses in a kind of weird overlap between different eras. But the mix works well in that thrilling climax that makes good use of both. And wow!check out Frog (Burnette) who gets a bigger and more muscular role than usual, one that shows some versatility from the sidekick that's too seldom seen. Also, the supporting cast is stronger than usual, with a commanding Richards, a crafty Coffin, and a surprisingly humorous Cunningham.
Not much hard riding or gunplay, but some good athletic barroom brawls. No, nothing special; just a solid series programmer along with a couple of the pleasant Autry vocals.
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