In the first of the "Billy Carson" series, Mesa City is all set to welcome the new stagecoach coming through on its first trip after Tom Farrell (Frank LaRue),of the Farrell Stagecoach Company has secured permission from the government to run a road through the bad lands. There is a good-natured rivalry between Farrell and Billy Carson ('Buster CRabbe'), who operates the Pony Express,and whose pony-express-road parallels the new stagecoach line. Jim Higgins (John Merton), crooked lawyer in the employ of Del Stone (Charles King), whose plans to grab rich land is thwarted by Farrell's stagecoach line. Stone has four henchmen attack the coach, whose passenger is Sally Farrell (Patti McCarty), Farrell's daughter. Billy, riding his pony express route, cuts in between the pursuing henchies and the stagecoach, and climbs on top of the stagecoach, takes the rifle from the driver, Jed Clark (Hank Bell), and laying flat on the roof fires at and kills two of the bandits and the other two ride ... Written by
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Devil Riders finds Buster Crabbe with a change of last name, from Bonney to Carson. No longer would his Billy The Kid past and reputation need explanation, from now on Crabbe would be Billy Carson the rest of the series, just your average white hat cowboy hero.
This film has Crabbe riding for the Pony Express, but a new stagecoach line is coming into the area which will eventually mean the end for the Pony Express. No hard feelings, it's just progress.
But some villains want that land the stage goes over and will try to create a feud between the rivals. But when they're up against a genuine cowboy hero, better they not start the whole thing in the first place.
Devil Riders is highlighted by the guest appearance of Tex Williams one of the great country/western performers of his time doing a couple of numbers. It would have been nice if Williams had done his legendary classic Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette. His record of that song which talks plaintively about nicotine addiction was a big seller a few years after Devil Riders came out. Phil Harris had a nice version of that song as well.
Nothing special here are than Billy is a full fledged hero and Tex Williams gives us a couple of songs.
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