The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach.
- Genre: Western
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Armada Productions
- Keyword: sheriff, small town, gun, marshal, texas, deputy, murder, jail, alcoholic, stagecoach, gambler, cripple, based on short story, gunfighter, technicolor, two guns belt
- Cast: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond