Cast & Crew
The Sonora Kid is riding with his companions, Tony Andrews and Black Jack, when Tony tells them that he is giving up the outlaw life to return home to his ailing mother. After Sonora has a run-in with Nevada, a double-crossing member of his gang, Sonora and Black Jack quit the gang to go straight with Tony. Before they head to Tony's mother's ranch in Santa Paula, Texas, the boys go to town to pay the tab they owe to Grandma McCord, a local cafe owner. Sonora overhears a conversation about Grandma's dire financial state, which is the result of owing five hundred dollars in back rent to Jake Lawson, a stingy banker who has offered a reward for Sonora's capture. Grandma will be evicted the next day unless she pays Lawson, so Sonora goes to Lawson and "borrows" the money from Lawson's bank. After giving the money to Grandma, the boys ride off, pursued by a posse and Nevada's gang, who were planning to rob the bank themselves that evening. Tony is shot, and when his faithful pals refuse to leave him behind he commits suicide so that he will not be a burden. Sonora and Black Jack make the sorrowful journey to Texas, but once there Tony's blind mother mistakes Sonora for her son. Mother Andrews' pretty young ward, Nita Hammond, also mistakes Sonora for Tony, and rather than break Mother Andrews's heart, Sonora and Black Jack perpetuate the delusion. They intend to stay for the cattle roundup, after which Mother Andrews will have sufficient funds to live on, but Nevada and the gang show up and endanger their plans. Nevada passes himself off to Mother Andrews as the Sonora Kid, a friend of Tony's, and insinuates himself with her so that he and the gang will be hired to work the roundup. A week goes by, with Nevada itchy to rustle the cattle, but Sonora tells him that the cattle have already been sold to a rich buyer, and that the deposit is in the house safe. Nevada steals the combination from Sonora and holds Black Jack and him prisoner in a distant cabin. He soon discovers, however, that there is no money and that the story was a diversionary lie. Intent on rustling the cattle according to the original plan, Nevada leaves, after which Sonora and Black Jack escape. Meanwhile, at the ranch, U.S. Marshal Jim Hawkins shows Nita a wanted poster for Sonora and asks where he is. Nita is stunned to find out that Sonora, with whom she has fallen in love, is not Tony, but accepts the truth when Black Jack tells Hawkins the whole story and agrees to surrender if he will help them prevent Nevada from stealing the cattle. Hawkins and his posse succeed in routing the bandits, and find Sonora after he has shot and killed Nevada. Hawkins approves of Sonora's new life and so wishes him good luck. Sonora and Nita then share a happy kiss to begin their new life together.
J. Frank Glendon
William T. Burt
Dynamite, The Wonder Horse
Although there is a copyright statement on the opening title card of the film, it was not listed in the copyright catalog. Modern sources credit Lew Collins as co-writer on the screenplay, and list the following additional cast members, whose character names are unknown: Ben Corbett, Dick Botiller, Edmund Cobb, Jack Kirk, Otto Lederer, Archie Ricks and Horace B. Carpenter. Although there have been three other films entitled Gun Law, two of which were written by Oliver Drake, none of the films are similar in plot or character names. This film and the 1935 Spectrum film Cyclone Ranger, both of which were written by Drake, bear a striking resemblance in plot.