15 December 1931
Filmed before the MPPDA production code was instituted (1934), and this one is filled with dialogue and situations that goes beyond innuendo and cuts right to the chase on a couple of trails the B-western genre seldom rode. A cowhand named Bob Blake visits with Sally Thompson and her kid-brother, Jimmy, on their hard-scrabble homestead adjoining the Steele Ranch where Bob works. He learns that their father just died, and he plans on seeing if he can make things a bit easier for them. Blake rides to the Steele ranch to talk to his boss, who isn't there at the moment, but Mrs. Steele is, and Mrs. Steele, standing real close, tells Bob that she and he should be better friends, moving ever closer, and Bob tells her he needs to tend to his cow-punching and he makes a quick exit. Mr. Steele shows up and asks Mrs. Steele to go to town with him, but she declines on the basis she has some house-chores to do, and Mr. Steele also exits. Then Burke, town banker and saloon owner, shows up, and since he and Mrs. Steele are already good friends, he is ready to help her with the house-chores but Mr. Steele comes back and objects to Burke helping Mrs. Steele with the house-chores, and this offends Burke to the point that he shoots Mr. Steele dead. The pair then plants some evidence here and there and Mrs. Steele rides to town and tells the sheriff that Bob Blake has just killed her husband. But Blake escapes from jail and heads for Mexico. There, he meets Rosita, a saloon girl, and she also thinks she and Bob should be better friends, but her sweetheart, Lopez the Famous Mexican Bandit, shows up and objects but Rosita explains that she thought Blake was Lopez, and this is because Lopez and Blake look exactly alike and she just thought he was Lopez and showed up without his sombrero...and accent. And they do look exactly alike. Some time passes, and Blake comes back to Arizona posing as Lopez, the Famous Mexican Bandit, with the plan of clearing his name and extracting some revenge from Mrs. Steele and Burke. In his absence, Burke has hired a gunman named Butch Devlin to kill Mrs. Blake because he now has his eyes on Sally and the Thompson spread, on which he holds the mortgage, and Mrs. Steele has now become a liability and bankers don't care much for liabilities, especially liabilities that can talk and might tell the Sheriff just who knocked off the late Mr. Steele. Lopez and Butch, kindred spirits, meet and become partners, even though Butch didn't know he needed a partner. Burke gives Butch the money to kill Mrs. Steele...Blake/Lopez holds him up and takes it away from him... then gives the money to Sally to payoff the mortgage...she pays Burke...Blake/Lopez holds up Burke and takes the money again...and gives it back to Butch, who, while grateful to get the money back, is somewhat confused as to why Blake/Lopez just didn't let him keep it in the first place. But it is all part of the plan.
- Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>