Banker William Sharon becomes desperate that his gold and silver shipments from Carson City to Virginia City are the helpless targets of a band of outlaws called "The Champagne Bandits." In true Robin Hood-fashion, after robbing the stage of its bullion, they treat its passengers to a fried chicken picnic replete with champagne. Sharon becomes convinced that the only way to foil the gang is to build a railroad to carry the ore, but that will take an extraordinary engineer in such mountainous territory. Sharon finds his man in brawling adventurer Jeff Kincaid, an experienced hand at difficult jobs and former resident of Carson City who knows the difficult terrain very well. It becomes a reunion of sorts as Kincaid's half brother works for the local newspaper, but they soon become rivals for the affections of Susan Mitchell, the publisher's daughter. Kincaid also has to fight the town's hostility to his boisterous railhands and ongoing efforts by the outlaws to sabotage the project. Written by
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This was Warner Bros.' first film shot in WarnerColor. See more
Just before Mickey Simpson and his group break through to Randolph Scott and his group of trapped men, Scott blows out the candle that's illuminating his dark prison. When the film cuts to the view from the rescuers point-of-view shot, light can be seen through the hole. See more
[Disparagingly, obviously angry over what he perceives to be Susan's change of affection to Jeff
The big engineer! Big talk about Panama... San Francisco... You know, she can't see me anymore. I'm just a guy who's been here all along.
Silent Jeff Kincaid
Stop feeling sorry for yourself! I have enough trouble without having to wipe your nose. If you're such a good man, grow up and act like one!