Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Phyllis Thaxter, Walter Brennan
Texan Jim Garry responds to a summons from his old pal Tate Riling in New Mexico to aid him in a cattle project in which old John Lufton is to be the victim. Jim has an encounter with Lufton's fiery daughter, Amy, in which they exchange shots. In town, Jim finds that Riling needs him as a gunman in the event there is resistance by Lufton and his ranch hands to the scheme in which Jake Pindalest, the government's Indian Agent, is to force Lufton's cattle herds off of the government range so that Riling can buy them at a low price. Jim dislikes the set-up, especially the use of Lufton's other daughter to tip-off her father's plans, and an attempt to assassinate the old cattleman. Jim foils that. In a skirmish between cowhands and homesteaders, set-up by a Riling ruse, the son, Fred, of an old-timer, Kris Barden, is killed and Jim declares himself through with Riling, and starts home for Texas. But Riling and a murderous henchman follow him to a meeting with Barden at a remote tavern.