Steve Fisher wrote this screenplay about an ex-gunman who, now a judge, presides over the trial of a gunfighter. The accused man’s father attempts to stir up the locals against the judge, but finds it difficult to wage his battle.
Chester Carr, owner of a dude ranch in the Rockies, caters to guests seeking the thrill of the Wild West. Among his guests are the wealthy Spruce Meadows and his daughter Susan. But the West isn’t wild anymore and most of Carr’s guests are bored and about to leave. He is in despair when a caravan carrying a broke-down-and-out troupe of actors—Jennifer, Judd, Mrs. Merridew and her daughter, Alice—crashes down the hill and wrecks the hotel sign.
Brand controls the only road to the cattle market and is charging exorbitant rates. When Tim and Chito rob Brand to recover only their overcharge, they accidently end up with all of Brand’s money. So they give it to the ranchers who then give it back to Brand so they can move their cattle. But there is trouble when that money is then stolen and Brand’s Clerk murdered.
Tom Horn is a secret service agent on the hunt for a gang of counterfeiters. When he gains the confidence of one of the gang’s ringleaders, dance hall gal Lil, she eventually leads him to Logan, the man behind the whole operation.
In this family classic, two orphans cross the Rocky Mountains on a quest to claim their inheritance, a 400-acre Oregon ranch. On their journey, the pair forms an uncertain alliance with a drifter and together they go on the adventure of a lifetime.
Red and his cohorts kill three prospectors and file on their claim. One of the three was Joe Henderson’s brother and Joe goes after the killers. After Lem finds gold he is injured and loses his memory. Red finds him and thinking his sister knows where his claim is, kidnaps her. But Red was seen following her and this leads Joe to their hideout and the showdown.
In spite of looking a mess (as though it had been subjected to some sort of butchery), this remains a weirdie of the first order: a perverse religious allegory in the form of a Western. The Kid is a vicious psychopath given to laughing a lot, an actor manqué (anyone who doesn’t like his ‘performance’ is shot) who leads a gang of looters and rapists, and is incestuous with his father to boot. The town’s resident Mater Dolorosa, madam of the brothel, hires her lover Marcado (meaning scarred: ‘We all have scars, and the ones inside never heal’), a tight-lipped killer in the Eastwood mould, to kill the Kid, who is of course her son.
A veteran rodeo rider takes on a young apprentice in order to “teach him the ropes”, and winds up competing against him.