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It's range war time between cattle barons Turner (Will Walling) and
Clanton (Edward LeSaint), and it's up to sheriff Buck (Buck Jones) to keep
the two apart, even if that means every now and again turning against
Turner, who has been like a father to him. Their war is only fuelled by
the fact that someone's rustling cattle, and each side is accusing the
other. Clanton though claims to have a witness come in to prove once and
for all who's behind all the rustling ... and then he's shot, and only
minutes after Turner's son Clint (John Wayne), the boyfriend of Clanton's
daughter Judy (Susan Fleming), has threatened to shoot Clanton because he
wouldn't give him his daughter in marriage.
Buck is forced to arrest
Clint, his best friend, because he indeed is a suspect, and because if
not, townfolks led by hsady businessman Vandall (Harry Woods) threaten to
lynch him. Clint is soon tried and convicted to death, to be hanged in the
morning. Then Biggers (Frank Austin) appears on the scene though, the
witness who Clanton has promised would resolve the whole matter, and he
claims just by taking a look at certain cattle he could determine where
it's from - but the cattle in question is released from the corrall by a
person unknown, and when Buck chases after him, he is shot at.
morning: While Buck is still recovering from his injury, an angry mob led
by Vandall fetches Clint from prison to hand him right away, as he was
convicted, but just in time, Buck finds evidence that it was Vandall and
not Buck who has shot Clanton and who of course was also behind the
rustling, and so everything ends happily after all ... and Clint gets the
John Wayne's first actual Western after his big budget
flop The Big Trail is a pretty
formulaic B picture in which he plays second fiddle to Buck Jones. In all,
the film is certainly not bad, but nothing to get too excited about.