Cast & Crew
Gene Autry and Frog Millhouse, a two-man vagabond orchestra, are searching for the murderer of old man Martin. Their only clue is the piece of guitar string used to strangle him. Meanwhile, Martin's granddaughter Joan meets her uncle, John Martin, and Lon Dillon, who flirts with her. Lawyer Henry Nolan reads Martin's will, revealing that John has been left $5,000 and the remainder of the estate has been willed to Joan. John tells Joan that he suspects Gene of her grandfather's murder and persuades her to hold a masquerade dance to lure Gene into town. Gene has learned that Martin was nearly blind and relied on his horse "Swayback" to guide him. By following "Swayback," whom Lon, John and Henry have all tried to buy, Gene discovers that Martin had located a gold mine. Gene and Frog escape a trap which has been set for them at the dance and save Joan when she is nearly strangled by another guitar string. Then Gene discovers that John's guitar is missing a string. John and Pablo, who have uncovered "Swayback's" hiding place, find the mine and are followed by Henry, Lon and Hank Polk. As they argue among themselves, Gene surprises them and reveals that he is a Texas Ranger assigned to the Martin murder case. By claiming that Frog is a fingerprint expert, Gene tricks Henry into admitting his guilt. Henry is then arrested by the sheriff, who is waiting in the mine according to Gene's instructions. Finally, Joan learns that Gene has recorded the deed to the mine in her name.
Tommy Gene Fairey
Joseph H. Lewis
Daily Variety reported that location shooting was being done in Kernville, CA, and Variety noted that the film was rushed to completion in order to have its premiere the week of November 12, 1935 at an exhibitor's convention in Oklahoma City, which Gene Autry attended. Autry's autobiography also includes Wes Warner, Frankie Marvin, and Bud Pope in the cast.