Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
The first, last and only entry in the proposed Aywon Ranch series, Western Racketeers was directed by near-legendary bad filmmaker Robert J. Horner and starred silent screen cowboy Bill Cody. A gang is terrorizing the settlers in the San Bernardino Mountains, who are forced to pay toll along the only accessible route around. When an obstinate rancher (Steve Clark) is found murdered, his friends and neighbors form a vigilante group under the leadership of Bill Bowers (Cody). Haughty Eastern girl Molly Spellman (Edna Aslin) refuses to pay any heed to the outlaws and soon finds herself in deep trouble. She is saved in the nick of time by Bowers and the vigilantes and peace is restored. Like Cody, the company that produced this misfire, Aywon, was a survivor from the silent era but, also like Cody, its future in a new, more streamlined Hollywood was limited.