Federal agent Tex (Tom Tyler) is sent to De Vina, a small bordertown
big on gunrunning, to gather evidence against Livermore (Al Bridge), who
keeps the Mexican revolutionaries in steady supply of guns, but nobody
could pin anything on him yet. & to help him on his assignement, Tex
takes Stingaree Kelly (Gabby Hayes) with him, a good-natured small fry
outlaw who knows just about every other outlaw in the country ...
Meanwhile the Mexican government has decided to send one of their men,
Romero (Ted Adams) to De Vina as well, & even on his way there, Romero
is picked up by revolutionary general Gomez (Julian Rivero), who accepts
him into his ranks - & before long, Gomez & co arrive in De Vina,
to pick up a few weapons.
In De Vina, the central meeting point is Livermore's saloon, where he
keeps a close watch on his customers from his back room, & plays a
waltz on his violin everytime he prepares to shoot somebody - which
happens quite regularly so everybody fears Livermore's violin ...
Tex introduces himself to Livermore by saving his life, as a drunk
customer tries to kill him, but he also attracts his wrath when he asks
Rose (Betty Mack) to dance, the girl whom Livermore is in (unrequitted)
love with, but who seems to be quite attracted to the newcomer.
Unwilling to give up Rose, Livermore shows her his infatuation in
taking her with him to the border for a bit of gunrunnign action, where
her job is to distract the border guards, which she does with aplomb.
However, Tex, who has watched all this from hiding, can't believe she
really is in league with Livermore & has a little talk with her,
during which he discloses his identity as government agent, & to his
surprise, she does the same ... bad thing only that Livermore was
eavesdropping on the 2 government agents, & he doesn't like what he
hears one bit.
So, while Tex is out saving Romero, who has since been found out as
well & sent away with a firing squad, Livermore gives Rose away to
Gomez & his men, to do with her what they want (& you know what
that might be).
Returning to the saloon, Tex, Stingaree & Romero have their final
shoot out with Livermore & his men - & defeat them at the cost of
Romero's life. & while Tex leaves Livermore under Stingaree's
surveillance, he is off to free Rose. Of course he succeeds, but Livermore
has made a last desperate atempt to escape Stingaree & has drawn a
hidden pistol, which led the 2 men to shoot each other.
An inventive, atypical B-Western, that takes place mostly indoors in a
creepy saloon where most of the clients live pretty much in fear of the
owner playing his violin, & which seems much too dark & brooding
to be enjoyable as a saloon - but all the more atmospheric for the film's
sake. The very few - for a Western - out-door scenes are mainly night
shots obscuring much of the landscape you would come to expect from a
Western, all of which makes this look more than anything else like a
creepy crime drama with some old dark house elements thrown in.
Worth a look or two.