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On behalf of a friend (James A.Marcus), Rod (John Wayne) travels to
North Canada to find that friend's brother John and his niece ...
but even on the way there, he gets into trouble when he helps a friend,
Wabi (Noah Beery jr), who is about to be framed with murder to escape.
While on the run from the law, Rod and Wabi find a cabin containing two
skeletons, one of them John, incidently the man Rod was looking for, and a
map to a gold mine. Rod and Wabi decide to try and locate the mine, but
first they stop at Newsome's (Noah Beery) place to pick up provisions.
Unfortunately though, Newsome's crooked employee Benoit (Earl Dwire) finds
out about the treasure map, and he's in league with even more crooked
Laroque (Robert Frazer) - and the two of them soon decide to try to get
their hands on the map - but get their hands on Newsome's foster daughter
Felice (Verna Hillie) instead, whom they hold as hostage to exchange for
the map ... but Rod and Wabi manage to free her.
The next day, Rod and Wabi decide to go on their treasure hunt, but
Laroque and Benoit have heard about this, capture them, tie them up and
lock them up and steal the map ... however, all they get is a phony map,
and while the villains are out, Rod manages to free himself, Wabi, and a
Mountie (rEddie Parker) the baddies have also captured - and that despite
the fact that the Mountie is actually after Rod and Wabi.
Rod, Wabi and the Mountie find the mine and retrieve the gold, but
soon, Laroque and his men, who have long found out they have been tricked,
are after them and almost kill the Mountie, who is only just saved from
going down a waterfall by Rod.
Eventually our heroes return to Newsome's place and use it as a
fortress, but Newsome has to realize they are almost out of ammunition
since over the months, Benoit has emptied all the ammo-boxes. And while
the place is under siege by the baddies, Rod gets more Mounties from the
next village and it all ends in a big shoot-out at the end of which the
Mountie whom Rod has fried from Laroque, returns the favour by saving
Rod's life ...
And the murder Wabi was framed with ?
Turns out the guy hasn't died after all and made a statement that
proves Wabi innocent.
The John Wayne Westerns Robert N.Bradbury made for Monogram are
pretty much all good, and this one is no exception, a beautifully
photographed and expertly paced B Western full of imaginative action and
plottwists and equipped with a story that keeps you interested. And to
substitute the plains usually found in B Westerns with Canadian coniferous
forests is actually an inspired idea, and looks great on film.