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In the first of the “Billy Carson” series, Mesa City is all set to welcome the new stagecoach coming through on its first trip after Tom Farrell (Frank LaRue),of the Farrell Stagecoach Company has secured permission from the government to run a road through the bad lands. There is a good-natured rivalry between Farrell and Billy Carson (‘Buster CRabbe’), who operates the Pony Express,and whose pony-express-road parallels the new stagecoach line. Jim Higgins (John Merton), crooked lawyer in the employ of Del Stone (Charles King), whose plans to grab rich land is thwarted by Farrell’s stagecoach line. Stone has four henchmen attack the coach, whose passenger is Sally Farrell (Patti McCarty), Farrell’s daughter. Billy, riding his pony express route, cuts in between the pursuing henchies and the stagecoach, and climbs on top of the stagecoach, takes the rifle from the driver, Jed Clark (Hank Bell), and laying flat on the roof fires at and kills two of the bandits and the other two ride
Mickey Lofton, young half-brother of famed war-aviator Jerry, fails in his attempt to enter the Canadian Air Corps, because of his fear of thunderstorms developed by an incident in his boyhood days. Jerry, now a Captain in the U.S. Department of Justice, is given an assignment to capture some border oil smugglers. Through his friendship with Raoul McGuire, one of the suspects, Jerry is accepted as a member of the gang. Mickey is in love with Raoul’s sister, Molly. Gang leader Moran shoots and wounds Raoul, and is himself shot down by Jerry. Mickey flies Molly and her wounded brother to a hospital. Jerry takes off in another plane to guard Mickey’s craft from a pursuing airplane, and crashes his plane into the gangster’s plane but parachutes to safety.

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