This drama offers a fascinating backstage look at the making of westerns. The story centers around a stunt double working for an egotistical, emotionally fragile cowboy star. When the stunt man sets his romantic sights on the leading lady, the leading man gets huffy and unsuccessfully attempts to frame him. Real trouble ensues when the fall guy finds himself in the midst of a real bank robbery and finds himself accused of being the thief.
To help relieve overcrowded prison conditions, the Mesquiteers turn their ranch into a work farm. Construction Company man Beaton is hoping for a new prison contract and sets out to see that the experiment is a failure. He lures the Mesquiteers away and then has his henchman dressed as prisoners rob the local ranchers and plant the loot at the Mesquiteers ranch.
At the turn of the century, Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets, they embark on the even more hazardous project of selling barbed wire to highly suspicious Texas cowboys.
The coming of the railroad to Cedar City spells the end of the stagecoach as the government gives the mail contract to the fastest means of delivery. McCord loses the stagecoach line gambling with the new buyer, but has enough hidden money to buy a ranch and some cattle. To make more money, he starts a gang to rob the railroad, express offices and steal cattle. But the railroads send out special agent Cameron to end his reign of violence.
The amorous adventures and misadventures of a Mexican family in the mid-19th century, all of whom live under a curse giving them an uncontrollable talent for loving.
After her family’s mansion is burned down by Yankee soldiers for hiding the rebel leader Captain Sam Starr, Belle Shirley vows to take revenge. Breaking Starr out of prison, she joins his small guerrilla group for a series of raids on banks and railroads, carpetbaggers and enemy troops. Belle’s bravado during the attacks earns her a reputation among the locals as well as the love of Starr himself. The pair get married, but their relationship starts to break down when Sam Starr lets a couple of psychotic rebels into the gang, leaving Belle to wonder if he really cares about the Southern cause.
Gringo miner Gallager is caught up in the Mexican revolution of 1910-11 when corrupt administrator Ruiz appropriates his mine. Gallager saves the life of guerilla leader Raquel, then finds there’s a price on his head; he becomes romantically involved with her in the course of a series of rescues and ambushes, leading up to Orozco’s march on Ciudad Juarez.
Soldiers Steve and Jim are friends but when their enlistment ends, Jim reenlists while Steve doesn’t. Instead he takes an assignment to find the local gold rustlers. Robbing the stage and then the bank gets Steve into the gang where he plans a job that will capture the entire gang. But just as he is about to put his plan into action Jim arrives to arrest him.