When silver is found in Virginia City, Lawyer John Storm (Tom Keene) leads a group from Indiana west. He soon has to defend them all in court against a company that is after their claims. Fighting a crooked Judge, he gets a mis-trial by telling how much each of the jurors was bribed. Then he gets the Governor to appoint a new Judge. But just as the retrial opens, the Judge (William Worthington) learns his daughter (Gwynne Shipman) has been kidnaped.
November 15, 2019 Subject:
Tom Keene in Courtroom Battle
A good drama in western clothing, with a little fighting and gun play when really needed for continuity. Otherwise, a good plot framed by the notion that Mark Twain was newspaper editor in that town and chronicler of the action, which pits silver miners from Indiana against a crooked mining company boss and lawyer, his henchman, and the judge they control. That lays out the premise of the action and with a few twists and turns it plays out as one might expect. Intrepid lawyer Tom Keene (John Storm) is the Indiana group's leader and the movie's hero - where he learned that lightning quick draw is never explained. Gwynne Shipman (Linda Avery) is Keene's love interest. According to IMDb, she made 13 films between 1934-49 and is credited in 4 of them. The other actors are okay, and westerns' regulars Lloyd Ingraham (Virginny) and Bud Buster (Comstock) are always a pleasure to watch. IMDb says this is a 65 minute movie, but we only get 56 minutes here - the movie's continuity would have really benefited from those extra minutes.