Cast & Crew
After "Pop" Warner, the owner of the Twin Oaks Stagecoach, is murdered during a $10,000 payroll robbery, Ted Saunders goes undercover as an insurance agent to find his killers. When Pop and his faithful dog, Rannah, turn up missing, banker Norcross accuses Pop of having stolen the payroll himself and skipped town. Ted quickly locates the wrecked coach and Pop's body, which Rannah has been guarding. Certain Rannah can identify the killers, Ted asks Pop's daughter Mary to hide the dog. The duplicitous Norcross offers Ted a cabin while plotting with thieves Macklin and Nolan to shoot Rannah. Next, a man posing as deputy sheriff Sam Barlow searches Ted's cabin. Ted then receives a nervous call from Mary, who reports that Rannah is jumpy, and while Ted is on his way to Mary's house, Macklin and Nolan ambush and tie him up. Before they can kill Rannah, he escapes and frees Ted. Rannah then attacks a stranger who is wearing the pants of one of the killers; but the stranger claims he is deputy sheriff Barlow from the county seat and that he was shot in the leg and his badge and gun were stolen the previous night. After the stranger passes out at the office of Doc Adams, the coroner, Mary and Ted fetch Rannah to identify him. When they return, they find Doc knocked out and the stranger knifed to death in the shed. The man posing as Barlow arrests Ted, claiming that he found a note from the stolen money in Ted's cabin. To prevent Ted from getting a fair trial, the imposter Barlow directs his posse to shoot blanks at Ted, causing him to flee, so that he can say Ted was trying to escape and deserved to be shot. Ted escapes, but tells Doc to spread the word that he is dead, hoping to prove his innocence at an inquest. All are shocked when Ted arrives at the inquest and promises to name the real murderer, thief and imposter. When Ted announces that Barlow's boss will be making an appearance at the inquest, insinuating that he will expose Barlow's imposter, the imposter draws his gun, and Ted accuses him of the crime. Before he can be arrested, the imposter is shot by one of his partners. Nolan and Macklin flee to their hideout with Norcross and knock him out in order to get the money. Ted pulls a gun on the thieves, who implicate Norcross as the brains behind the gang. When Norcross escapes, Ted follows, and the ensuing fight ends with Norcross falling off a bridge and Ted rescuing him. Mary receives the stagecoach line's insurance money, and Ted promises to return to be her partner.
Although the onscreen credits list Bob Custer's character as "Saunders," he is called "Sanders" within the film. Press material and a modern source list Franklin Shamray as the director, although Raymond Samuels in credited on the film. Although a copyright statement appears on the viewed print, none is listed in copyright records. An early Hollywood Reporter production chart lists producer Bernard B. Ray as director and credits Bennett Cohen with writing the screenplay. Cohen's contribution to the final film has not been determined. A modern source erroneously credits Joseph O'Donnell with the screenplay. No reviews were found for this film. James Oliver Curwood's story was the source for a 1915 short of the same title produced by Selig Polyscope and directed by Thomas Santschi. Modern sources list George Chesebro and Jimmy Aubrey in the cast.