Cast & Crew
When Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman MacDonald catches Pierre, an Indian working for counterfeiters, transporting counterfeit money stuffed in a trout, Pierre kills him, and Sergeant Renfrew is sent to investigate. He intercepts Virginia Bronson, who is being guided by Pierre to meet her father James, an expert counterfeiter recently released from prison, at the Totem Pole Lodge. Unknown to Virginia, James has been coerced into making counterfeit bills by lodge owner George Poulis. Virginia escapes from Renfrew and returns with the Indian, arriving at the lodge at the same time as Renfrew, who clashed with Poulis' men and afterward crashed an airplane nearby. After chasing a truck that leaves the lodge, Renfrew discovers the counterfeit money is being transferred within frozen rainbow trout. When Virginia discovers her father is working as a counterfeiter, she is distressed, and after encouragement from Dreamy, one of Poulis' thugs, she and her father attempt to escape. They are caught by Poulis and Angel, another thug, however, and Dreamy is killed. Poulis leads Renfrew to the counterfeit operation, intending to kill him, but after a struggle and a gunfight, Renfrew bests Poulis. After the Bronsons are rescued from being trapped in a meatlocker, Renfrew assures them that James will not be arrested due to his requests for help inscribed on the counterfeit bills, which proved his innocence.
Edward L. Alperson
A. E. Kaye
Sergeant Renfrew of the Royal Mounted was a character created by Laurie York Erskine in 1922 and continued in books, stories and on radio for many years. This was the first of the Renfrew series on film. James Newill was a radio singer. Variety and other contemporary sources list the William Royle character as "George Hollis." Some scenes were shot at Big Bear Lake, CA. A modern source includes Dwight Frye in the cast. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index.