a.k.a. "Texas Road Agent," 1953 USA
Filming title: "The Sonora Kid"
Directed by Charles Lamont
Written by Morgan Cox, Maurice Tombragel
and Arthur Strawn
Story by Sherman Lowe
and Arthur St. Claire
A Ben Pivar Production
Released December 10, 1941
(Anne Gwynne's birthday)
The actual 1941 filming title was "The Sonora Kid."
Duke Masters (Dick Foran)
and his two pals, Pancho (Leo Carrillo) and Andy (Andy Devine), are undercover
agents for an express company sent to round up a gang of bandits who have been
holding up stages carrying gold to the cattlemen of the district. They begin by
hijacking a gold shipment from the three bandits who took it from the stage.
They take it to town and drop it at the bank.
The money was the annual payment to the cattlemen, who are excitedly surrounding
bank president Sam Leavitt (Samuel S. Hinds) and his lovely
daughter Patricia (Anne Gwynne). Steve (John Gallaudet) and the two gunmen who helped him rob the
stage are in the crowd. They report this unexpected turn of events to their
boss, Big John Morgan (Morris Ankrum.) Morgan tries unsuccessfully to pin the
original robbery on Duke and his pals. He later confers with Leavitt who is an
unwilling tool in the holdups.
Morgan tries to decoy Duke, Pancho and Andy out
of town while his gang holds up the bank, but Duke, with the help of Leavitt's
daughter, Patricia, beats them to it and cleans out the bank
himself, taking the money to Leavitt's home to cache. But Morgan, Steve and the
gang are in pursuit.
Duke, Pancho and Andy make their escape, leaving behind the bank's money and a
note to Leavitt, telling him that Duke is actually a special agent for Wells
Fargo Express and that he can now run his bank honestly.