Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The title of this Gene Autry opus is almost as long as the film itself. This time, Autry plays a circuit judge who presides over a murder case in a mining town. The accused, Ed Wheeler (Kirk Riley), has confessed to the killing, and is undeniably guilty, but Autry considers this to be a case of justifiable homicide. The catch: How can Autry exonerate Wheeler without violating his own vow to uphold the law at all costs? The answer is a technicality, so cleverly handled that it can't be repeated here without giving the whole game away. On hand, as ever, are Autry's comic sidekick Smiley Burnette and favorite leading lady Gail ("Annie Oakley") Davis.
claim, con/scam, court [law], cowboy, double-jeopardy, employment, ex-partner, false-conviction, identity, justice, killing, outlaw [Western], partner, prison, release, secret-identity, tracking [following], trial [courtroom], victim