Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Fortyniners stars Wild Bill Elliot as California-based federal agent Sam Nelson. While others pan for gold, Sam searches high and low for the murderers of a fellow "fed". The trail leads to smooth-talking gambler Alf Billings (played by Henry Morgan, who went on to TV fame as Harry Morgan), but Nelson doesn't immediately make an arrest, choosing instead to play his cards close to the vest and to allow Billings to tip his hand. After six reels of cat-and-mouse, the film explodes in a veritable orgy of gunplay. Virginia Grey costars in a poignant cameo as the wife of one of the fugitive killers.
bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, lawman, outlaw [Western], federal-agent