Cast & Crew
When border investigator Roy Rogers sees Billie Colby unloading her tugboat, the Apache Rose , on the dock, he asks her stop because the shipment he has ordered needs to be delivered elsewhere. Not realizing that Roy is her customer, Billie ignores him and continues unloading, until he pushes her into the river. She is helped out of the water by her sweetheart, Carlos Vega, who proposes, but is rejected by Billie because he will not quit gambling. At the beach at Rancho Vega, near Carlos' hacienda, Roy and his partner, Alkali Elkins, visit haunted caves, where they discover that thieves have been using the caves to hide their stolen cattle. Back at the hacienda, Carlos admits that he jointly owns the land surrounding the caves with his cousin Rosa and that oil has been discovered there. Later that evening at a restaurant, Reed Calhoun, operator of the gambling ship S.S. Casino , and his henchman, Pete, press Carlos to pay his $147,000 gambling debt by selling his property. Meanwhile, Billie dresses some singers as a mariachi band. The maitre d' enjoys their playing until he realizes that they are not Mexican, then throws them out. The next day as she is on her way to town, Rosa is shot at by a sniper. Billie suggests that she masquerade as Rosa at the welcome home party for Rosa in order to catch the criminals. When Billie is then kidnapped by a man in a carriage, Roy catches him, but as they struggle, the man is shot and killed by two other men who drive away in a car. After they have left, Roy finds a poker chip from the gambling ship on the man's body and returns to ask Calhoun if he recognizes it. Calhoun admits that the chip came from his ship and agrees to take Roy on board to investigate the murder. Later, when Roy is discovered listening to Calhoun and Pete plotting to kill Rosa at the party, they attack him, but he escapes. On the Apache Rose , Billie hides Roy and Alkali in the hatch when Sheriff Jim Mason and Pete approach. After Roy learns that Rosa has been killed, Pete rides to town, and Roy and Alkali follow him, but he escapes, only to be found dead later, killed by Calhoun. The Apache Rose then takes Roy and Billie to the Casino where Billie destroys Carlos' IOUs. On the beach, Calhoun catches them and kidnaps Carlos and takes him away in their car. The man in the car shoots Carlos in the arm and tries to escape, but Roy captures him and takes him to jail.
John Mccarthy Jr.
Richard E. Tyler
Edward J. White
Carlos, how can I take you seriously? All those escapades... and not forgetting that weakness for gambling, either. I don't like it.- Billie Colby
Billie, I've given that up. Honest!- Carlos Vega
Wanna make a bet?- Billie Colby
Why, sure, anything!- Carlos Vega
According to reviews, this was the first time the Trucolor process was used in a Roy Rogers film.