Somewhere out West: a small town is threatened by the masked villain
called the Wolfman, who wants to make all the villagers leave the village
for good, otherwise he has the Indians he's in league with attack -
something the villagers are understandably not very keen on. Eventually
the Wolfman and his men kill both Jimmy Carter's (Frankie Darro) father
(Hayden Stevenson) - leaving a rich goldmine in the hands of young Jimmy -
and Alan Scott's (George Brent) brother, the only man who knew the
identity of the Wolfman, and who before his death hid a note containing
the name of the Wolfman in the collar of his dog, Rin Tin Tin. Now the
Wolfman's men try everything to get their hands on this note while Alan -
ably helped by young Jimmy - tries everything to find out the identity of
the Wolfman, which is a tad difficult because everyone acts more or less
suspiciously, including landgrabber Hayden (Lafe McKee), who seems to
profit the most from the villagers leaving the town, La Farge (Theodore
Lorch), an ex-convict who thinks that Hayden has framed him and now leaves
no stone unturned to frame him back (in which he eventually succeeds), and
who by the way is also the father of Alan's sweetheart Dianne (Georgia
Hale). Then there's this weird local Indian called Indian George (Frank
Lanning), who seems to be a bit too friendly to the Indians who are about
to attack (?). And eventually, even the local Sheriff (Pat O'Malley)
starts to act mighty weird.
Of course, as in all good serials, neither of the above is really the
Wolfman, instead, after many chases, fistfights, shoot-outs and the like,
McDonald (Frank Brownlee), a respected citizen who remained rather pale
throughout the proceedings, is exposed as the Wolfman ... but it seems to
be already too late, since his Indians already attack and can't be stopped
anymore - until they meet opposition ... from the Indians.
In the end, it turns out that the Wolfman's Indians were actually white
men in disguise, while the real Indians, led by Indian George, actually
came to the rescue of the city, and it also turns out that the Sheriff, La
Farge and Indian George - all three of them were acting very suspiciously
lately - have cooked up this plan between them to save the city.
And why did McDonald want the city emptied anyhow ?
Because a rich gold ore was found leading through all the local claims
- and this was an opportunity too good to pass up on for McDonald - but
instead, he gets life in jail while the city gets prosperity ... oh, and
Alan of course gets Dianne and promises to adopt Jimmy ...
A typical Mascot serial: A murder mystery with a masked villain
that is full of incongruencies and gaping plotholes ... but none of this
seems to matter too much, because the serial has things going at a steady
pace and there is action aplenty to make one forget the shortcomings of
the story, because as they say, action speaks louder than words,
and even if they meant something entirely different when they said
it, the old proverb works in this context like a charm.