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Cowboy star Grant Drexel is idolized by young boys. The real Grant, however, is more concerned with his looks than with his dangerous stunts, which are handled by Buck Kennedy, a natural and fearless cowboy, and his horse Silver. At the stable of Tony Papolini, Buck and Silver demonstrate some tricks for the camera-toting Dickie, the little brother of Carol Stephens, a fading star, who has been assigned to one of Grant's features. During their first rehearsal, Grant takes advantage of Carol by giving her an overlong kiss, and she slaps him in response. Later, Grant, who is jealous of Carol's interest in Buck, has him beaten and fired during a location trip. Buck is soon hired by another movie company that is also on location in the area. The company, however, is really a scheme of a group of bank robbers who plan to rob the bank while pretending to make a movie, and use Buck as the fall guy. Grant worsens Buck's situation after his arrest when he points out that Buck was out of a job and aspired to Carol's higher social class. At night, Dickie sneaks into the jail and helps Buck escape. Unknown to Buck, Dickie follows him as he flees, and their joint disappearance makes even Carol doubt Buck. Freddie Foster, Grant's publicity man, suggests that Grant capture Buck to enhance his own image. Meanwhile, with Dickie recording his activities on camera, Buck catches up with the robbers and stops their escape with a lasso trick. Dickie is injured during the stunt, and while Buck rushes to aid him, Grant rides up and takes credit for the outlaws' capture. Grant receives an avalanche of favorable press coverage, which makes Dickie furious and he tells Carol what really happened. Dickie and Carol then head for the preview of Grant's new movie, where he is being feted as a real life hero. Dickie announces on the radio that Buck deserves the credit, which causes Buck, who was leaving Hollywood in disgust, to turn around, and he arrives at the preview in time to beat up Grant. Later, Dickie films Buck and Carol as they kiss.