Cast & Crew
Guinn "big Boy" Williams
In 1890, medicine man Andy Warren travels from one western town to another, putting on medicine shows with his daughter Jean and his four sons. While Andy's sons, who sing in a group called "The Hoosier Hot Shots," support their father's business, Jean makes an unsuccessful attempt to persuade her family to stop passing off Golden Panacea, which is essentially spring water, as medicine. The Warrens arrive in Crescent City just as Curt Chambers, Jean's childhood sweetheart, is being sworn in as sheriff. After rekindling his romance with Jean, Curt sets out to crack down on crooked gambling establishments in Crescent City. His first target is the Pot O'Gold casino, which is owned by the corrupt Steve Brady and managed by the Dinning Sisters. Brady attempts to keep the law at bay by getting his henchman, Tom Hanlon, assigned as Curt's deputy, but his plan fails after Curt instead appoints Big Boy Frazer to the job. One day, when Curt learns that a resident of the town was roughed up by Brady's management, he raids the casino and discovers that the roulette wheel is rigged. The discovery results in free-for-all brawl, which is eventually stopped by the arrival of the town's volunteer fire department. Curt shuts down the casino, but his action is criticized by Mayor Sylvester Smith and Verne Durant, the chairman of the city council, who fear Brady. When Curt continues to raid more of Brady's casinos, the mayor decides to damage his popularity by forcing him to close down the Warrens' popular medicine show. The townspeople, including Jean, grow to resent Curt, and his reputation is further damaged when the mayor issues a special town charter authorizing the reopening of Brady's casinos as "private clubs." The mayor's action infuriates Curt, who decides to run for mayor in the upcoming elections and revoke the special charter. Dissatisfied with both choices for mayor, many of the townspeople persuade Jean to run as a third candidate. Brady, hoping that Jean's candidacy will split the vote and hurt Curt's chances of winning, supports her decision to enter the race. Brady's support soon turns to concern, however, when it is predicted that Jean will win the election by a landslide. In a desperate move, Brady tries to discredit Jean by proving that her father's Golden Panacea is a fraud. Jean blames Curt for the harmful publicity stunt but apologizes after it is revealed that Brady was behind the scheme. When Brady learns that Jean has sent Curt to have a sample of the panacea tested by an expert, he sends Hanlon and others to ambush Curt. Curt foils Hanlon's ambush, however, and delivers the sample to the scientist, who determines that the panacea contains a mineral with great medicinal properties. Curt returns to town just as the voting begins and in time to publicize the findings. With her family's good name restored, Jean drops out of the race and announces her engagement to Curt, who is expected to become the new mayor of Crescent City.