Cast & Crew
Drifters Buck Weylan and Skeeter Cole are looking for jobs when they notice some cattle being herded. They go to the Crystal Creek railroad station, where the station agent, Abner Trickett, tells them that cattle cars have been mysteriously disappearing from the station. Abner then hires the two drifters to watch the station that night. The two drifters do not know that Abner is part of the gang responsible for the rustling. The station agent goes to the town saloon, where he suggests to fellow rustlers, Thane and Talbot, that they accuse the two drifters of the rustling. That night, Buck and Skeeter investigate some blinking lights over by the cattle cars, where they capture Ann Turner, owner of the Diamond T ranch, and her foreman, Garrison. When the four of them return to the railway station, Buck and Skeeter are arrested by the sheriff, as another cattle car has disappeared. Ann vouches for the whereabouts of the two men, then follows Garrison's suggestion of hiring the two as cowpunchers. The next day, Thane and Talbot pick a fight with Buck, and the drifter comes to suspect that they are the real rustlers. Later, Buck is investigating the railroad siding when he is attacked by Thane, Talbot and two other gang members. Buck escapes and finds a mysterious railroad spur which ends at a lake. The local banker, Haskell, insists that Ann pay her $20,000 loan immediately, despite her recent cattle loses. Ann then calls her Uncle Jim, and he promises to send her the money by rail. Abner is notified to be expecting a "friendly hold-up" when the money arrives, and he happily opens the safe when two robbers appear. When Thane and Talbot arrive later on, however, Abner realizes that he has given the money to the wrong bandits. Buck and Skeeter are immediately arrested for the crime, but the gang decides to help Buck escape from jail so he can lead them to the money. Buck makes his escape, but he is wounded in the arm by a deputy's bullet, so he goes to the Diamond T for help. Ann is tending to his injury when she finds a railroad inspector's badge in his wallet. She then confesses to Buck that she and Garrison robbed the railroad station in anticipation of the rustlers doing the same. By this time, the real rustlers arrive at the Diamond T and force Ann to give them the money. Buck manages to escape and finds the rustlers arguing with Haskell over the money. Buck captures the entire gang, then explains to the sheriff how they had hidden the stolen railroad cars in the lake. Buck, who had always been a loner before, decides to stay in Crystal Creek and be with Ann.
The Stranger from Arizona marked the feature film debut of actress Dorothy Fay and the first of several films in which she co-starred with Buck Jones. Ray married Western singer-actor Tex Ritter in 1941 and shortly thereafter retired from the screen. Ritter and Fay were married until his death in 1974 and were the parents of popular television actor John Ritter. Fay died in November 2003, two months after the death of her son John. According to modern sources, the cast also included Ralph Peters, Loren Riebe, Horace B. Carpenter, and Silver, the horse.