2 Marshals are killed in the ghost town of Pickwick, the (private)
owner of Pcikwick it seems has mysteriously died, Josie's (Virginia Hall)
brother Ted has disappeared in Pcikwick - which leads her to investigate -
& it seems that a gang of thugs led by Ace (Tom London) has chosen
Pickwick as their hideout ... enough for marshal Tim (Tim McCoy) to do a
little invstigation of his own ... & he's soon elcomed into old Nell's
spooky house, which is now run by judge Craile (Murdock MacQuarrie), who
acts mighty suspicious. & the foreman of dead Nell's ranch Tom (Howard
AMsters) acts mighty suspicious as well. & the 2 of them seem mighty
eager to get rid off Josie (if for different reasons).
But where there's
Tim, the other Rough Riders can't be far, & really, soon Buck (Buck
Jones) makes his entrance disguised as a prospector on the berge of dieing
but with his saddlebags full of gold - which is of course a lure for the
gangsters. & Rough Rider Sandy (Raymond Hatton) looks after the
typical eccentric character Luke (Milburn Morante), who neither acts
mighty suspicious nor has he anything to tdo with the story.
But to cut
the story short, eventually the Rough Riders find out that Ace's gang
hides out in the mineshafts that are stretching beneath the whole ghost
town, & their contact to the upper world is the judge himself, &
eentually the judge, Ace & his gang are all arrested by our
heroes - while to noone's real surprise Tom turns out to be the good
guy in the end & gets the girl.
Despite some promising
premises - an authentic ghost town set, a spooky mansion in the middle of
nowhere, a creepy mine that hides god-knows-what - this is a rather dull
Western that never seems to rise above its unnecessarily convoluted
script & never manages to build up sufficient tension.