Billy Carson (Buster Crabbe) gets the Governor to let Daggett (Kermit Maynard) and his gang escape from prison in hopes that they will lead him to the money they got when they robbed the bank. Billy and Fuzzy (Al St. John) trail the gang to an old mine, but it looks like Billy's plan will fail when Daggett is unable to remember where he hid the money.
December 9, 2019 Subject:
Buster Crabbe with Al St. John = Phantom Film
An oft used plot - robbers are allowed to escape from prison to lead the law to their stolen money - is not the problem. The problem is that the writers who, according to IMDb, are all George Milton, who, no doubt, with Sig Neufeld (Producer) and Sam Newfield (Director) felt that a half comic, half serious script meant gripping and entertaining movie-making - wrong. Unfortunately, they saddled Buster Crabbe, who gives a decent performance when allowed to, with the over the top comic stupidity of Al St. John, which IMO makes this film into a laughable mess. Not St. John's fault - blame the script and direction. Beyond this they have a man who "haunts" a mine while the villains are looking for the stolen money hidden there. And there is a giant bat! The mine haunter has the money - which makes no sense. He and all the ranchers are about to lose their property to a mean-spirited banker - why is he hoarding it? The bad guys are led by a nasty, boyish-looking Kermit Maynard, who shoots his fellow crooks in the back without a second thought. The movie braintrust brought in Janet Warren, 'cause you need a pretty woman to look at for a few minutes. Maybe the idea was a movie for young children, who would find St. John's antics more entertaining than a real western. Enjoy it if you can.
June 3, 2011 Subject:
Not A Wild Horse In Sight
Buster Crabbe has a new name "Billy Carson", no longer "Billy The Kid", but it's the usual Buster and Fuzzy Saturday matinee' romp. It's really not half bad as far as story and plot goes, just a little far fetched. Al St. John gets to show a little acting chops early on in a scene that calls for some pathos. Budd Buster, Kermit Maynard, and (then) newcomer Bob Cason do good work. Print and sound are very good too. Look for PRC's "Devil Bat" prop, it's a scream. Enjoy.