Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
Popular young B-Western star Bob Steele left the prairie behind this time around and instead found himself playing Jack Pemberton, a cub reporter falling in love with Betty (Mary Mayberry), the governor's daughter. During an investigation into racketeering, Jack learns that gangster Velvet (Barney Furey) is attempting to kidnap Betty in order to force her father (William Welsh) to pardon a relative on death row. With the law closing in on him, Velvet attempts to escape with Betty in a balloon but Jack rescues the girl in the proverbial nick of time. The villain, meanwhile, plunges to his death. Lightning Speed was written and directed by the star's father, the redoubtable Robert North Bradbury.