Synopsis for “The Horrible Hermit of Hidden Mesa!”
Chet Laribee has spent the past few months capturing wild horses when he is suddenly confronted by Lizard Galt and his gang who force him to flee and take his horse. Elsewhere, Chet’s lover Julie is racing her horse to find him crossing paths with Two-Gun Kid and his sidekick Rusty Randolph. Her horse takes a tumble and the two cowpokes come to her aid. She pulls a gun on them and tries to take Cyclone, but the Kid easily disarms her. She explains that her boyfriend has a bad rap in nearby Green Valley, explaining that when the massive earthquake swallowed up the town of Hidden Valley City, Chet’s grandfather went missing and was assumed to have been killed by Chet’s father, the Laribee family has been hated by locals since. Two-Gun decides to help Julie find Chet and they soon locate him. Chet however has decided to recover his stolen horses and flee the area to live as a bum, not wanting Julie to live this life with him he breaks off their engagement. Two-Gun and Rusty, having come through the area to try and find the lost city of Hidden Valley agree to try and help Chet and change his mind about Julie.
They arrive just in time to save Chet from being shot in the face by Lizard Galt. They knock Galt out and retake the wild horses and ride them away. They are chased by Galt and his men who corner them around where Hidden Valley City disappeared in the earthquake. They seek cover in the rocks and suddenly Chet goes missing. They follow the sound of some maniacal laughter and find a tunnel. Going in side they are trapped when bars drop down in front of the entrance. They are then confronted by an insane hermit who kicks rocks at them before disappearing down into the tunnel. They hear Chet cry for help and come to his aid and are shocked to find Hidden Valley City is still intact hidden below the ground. They find Chet in the jail and after they untie them the crazy hermit traps them inside by putting stone blocks over the windows and locking the door. Suddenly the room fills with smoke and they all begin to pass out. The hermit enters, but Two-Gun is not completely out of it but passes out before he can get a good shot. The hermit then ties them all up and leaves them to die.
Meanwhile, Lizard Galt and his men, still searching for Chet Laribee, are riding the wild horses back through the area. The Hermit appears and starts driving down rocks forcing the gang and the horses into the underground tunnel. As the horses are being led in, the vibrations caused by their hoofs threaten the structural integrity of the tunnel threatening to collapse it. As Two-Gun and the others revive they are happy to see that Cyclone has followed them in and chews through their bonds. As the hermit tries to flee, the horse chases after him and strikes a blow to the hermit’s skull with his hoof. They all seek cover from Lizard Galt’s men.
When the hermit revives he is shaken out of a state of amnesia and they all learn that he is really Chet Laribees’ grandfather. They learn that he was the mayor of Hidden Valley City and was jealous of the more prosperous Green Valley, founded by Jake Tompkins. He especially did not cotton to the idea of his son Blaine romancing Jake’s daughter Sally. This led to an argument one night at a dance, and when the old man left he was followed by Jake and the two fought it out with Jake getting killed by a gun shot. Then in the aftermath, the earthquake struck Hidden Valley City. The elder Laribee tried to help people evacuate and found himself trapped under ground with the town as a result, struck on the head and with no memory of his past he became an insane hermit. With the tunnel about to collapse, old man Laribee helps lead the wild horses out while Two-Gun and the others flee. The tunnel collapses burying the elder Laribee and Lizard Galt’s men alive.
With what they know, Two-Gun Kid and Rusty help clear the name of Chet’s father and soon he and Julie are married.
There are no reviews yet.