"Into California's 1880 frontier country rides Robert Louis Stevenson (Edgar Barrier), the novelist, looking for story material 'in a land of stage-drivers and highwaymen', and soon finds ...
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"Into California's 1880 frontier country rides Robert Louis Stevenson (Edgar Barrier), the novelist, looking for story material 'in a land of stage-drivers and highwaymen', and soon finds it when Bill Foss ('William Bishop(I)') arrives in the mining town of Silverado with a new stagecoach." Foss barely breaks the city limits before he is challenged to a race by Zeke Butler (Forrest Tucker) , stage driver for the town's established stage-line operated by Jeannie Manning (Gloria Henry). During the race, Foss's coach is forced off the road and his best team-horse is injured. Doctor Henderson (Edgar Buchanan), noted for his philanthropies to the local miners, advises Foss he can't run his horse for some time to come, and Foss takes a job with Jeannie, hauling water to Squatter's Flats, a desert waste which requires irrigation. Later, Zeke, carrying gold from Last Dog Ditch Mine to Silverado is robbed by a mysterious bandit called The Monk,and he suspects Foss. To clear himself, Foss ...Written by
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Alternate title: "Above All Laws". First of two westerns Karlson did back-to-back for Columbia, the other being "Fury", released the following year, both featuring William Bishop. See more »
Stagecoach driver William Bishop comes to town, has to remain with his team of horses. He gets on poorly with Gloria Henry, who runs the established line, but eventually he goes to work for her, and finds out who the hooded figure who has been robbing mine shipments is.
It's a pretty good little western, mostly standard but a notch above average because of a cast that includes Edgar Buchanan and Forrest Tucker -- and Irving Bacon, naturally; you can't make a movie without Irving Bacon -- but boasts a nice gimmick: it's based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, and it has Stevenson onsite, scribbling, scribbling, scribbling. Plus some nice camerawork by Henry Freulich.
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