Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
Burly Johnny Mack Brown once again plays undercover U.S. Marshal Nevada McKenzie in this overly complicated series oater from low-budget Monogram. This time, McKenzie, who goes under the alias of Roy Ferris, is waylaid by would-be stage robber Cy Manning (John Merton) en route to the Bar X Ranch. Manning forces Nevada to partake in a stagecoach robbery arranged by his girlfriend, Dale Grimes (Joann Curtis), who, as our hero soon learns, is in cahoots with her nasty brother, Ned (Jack Ingram). The latter is secretly attempting to force his fiancée, Marsha Earley (Beatrice Gray), off the Bar X and when Dan Murray (Jimmie Martin) shoots and kills Manning in self-defense, Grimes blames Nevada, Marsha's new foreman. Hooking up with fellow undercover marshal Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton), Nevada eventually manages to prove his own innocence in the shooting and arrest of the entire Grimes gang. Stranger From Santa Fe was based on a "Pilgrim Ramrod for Hell's Range", a Charles N. Heckelmann short story that appeared in Big-Book Western magazine.
bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, problems, stranger, town