Pretending to be hardened convict, Hardie escapes from prison with a felon who stashed the proceeds from a stagecoach robbery before he was captured. The Wells Fargo detective hopes that his new partner will lead him to the hidden loot.
Jim Hardie enters the Angel Island prison in California as a prisoner to befriend the convict Doc Bell. Doc Bell's gang had held up the Maryville stagecoach netting them $100,000. Doc has hide the money. Jim and Doc plan and execute an escape from the prison. Doc uses pepper to evade the search dogs followed by the pair stealing clothes, horses and weapons. Doc leads Jim to his hideout where they meet the two members of Doc's gang, Tibbs and Curly. Upon seeing Jim, Curly is not happy but grudgingly goes long with Doc Bell. Doc Bell is the brains of the outfit. He starts spending a lot of time alone away from camp. He plans a train robbery in which Jim must participate. They steal $20,000 but Tibbs is injured by a gunshot to the shoulder. Doc Bell being a real surgeon removes the bullet and Tibbs heals okay. Each man receives $5,000 from the robbery but Jim's real goal is getting Doc to lead him to the $100,000. Written by
Doc Bell was real but the Maryville robbery was in real life a failure leading to his death later by a lynch mob. See more »
After Hardie reveals his true identity and occupation as a Wells Fargo investigator Doc Bell exclaims "well I'll be a monkeys uncle". That expression wasn't coined until sometime after 1925 and was a reference to the Scopes monkey trial of 1925. See more »
[planning a robbery]
I've noticed that a sock full of dirt has an anesthetic value if administered properly.
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