villain Fourberie Blackguard visits the home of the Widow
Rootstock, demanding she pay back money that the late Mr.
Rootstock borrowed from him. (At least that’s
what he claims!) Of course, the poor widow doesn’t
have the money, leaving her no choice but to turn over the
deed to the ranch. Luckily, the three Rootstock
daughters aren’t willing to give in so easily!
The chase is on when young Penny swipes the deed and runs off
to "the secret hiding place’ with it!
Blackguard tries every trick in the book to force the oldest
daughter to fetch her sister and return the deed, but she’s
no shrinking Violet. Shirley is as clever as her
sisters, so when she figures out she’s being followed
as she takes food to Penny, she leads Blackguard’s
sidekick on a hysterical, wild journey over hill and cliff.
(Don’t worry, the staging is a cinch!) So with
the girls so ably handling Blackguard’s devious
attempts, what is our hero, Deputy Dewey Dauntley, to do?
Why he’s out rescuing Biddy, the Rootstock’s
maid, from snakes, horses, bees and even chickens!
Doesn’t he understand that heroes are supposed to
rescue heroines in melodramas?!