31 Jul The Gold Racket
Smuggling gold from Mexico has become a lucrative racket since the United States went off of the gold standard. McKenzie (William L. Thorne), and his gang operating from the Los Morados mine, are sailing high until they happen to kill two federal agents, and the Department of Justice sends in ace operative, Alan O’Connor (Conrad Nagel), to find the killers and break up the gold traffic. He traces specimens of the precious metal to have come from the Los Morados mine, and sets off for Mexico. There he meets aviator Steve Williams (Frank Milan), who pays his saloon bills with gold nuggets. Alan persuades the proprietor of the Tarentella Cafe to add another entertainer to his staff, and then wires Washington to send Operative No. 37, Bobbie Reynolds (Eleanor Hunt), his sweetheart. (Nice work if you can get it.) O’Connor finds a map in Steve’s room, showing the American headquarters of the gang, to be a mine near Winston, California, and he leaves Bobbie, and heads there. He is recognized, and followed when he arrives. Bobbie follows him by train. O’Connor has gone to the landing field with other agents, to trap the in-coming Steve, with his load of Mexican gold, but members of the gang are holding Bobbie captive, in an old mine shaft.