Cast & Crew
In San Simon, wealthy cattle rancher Sam Halston is committed to an insane asylum by sheepman Gilbert Ware when he shoots a sheep grazing on his Five Springs Ranch. By paying Dr. Ralph P. Close to deem Halston insane, and getting himself appointed trustee to Halston's estate, Ware hopes to drive cattlemen out of the area by invading their water with sheep. Ware's partner John Wilton, meanwhile, claims he has a note from Halston for $30,000 which, if unpaid, assures Wilton the ranch. When Sam's son Brent returns from Baja, California, he joins Sam's partner Ben Livesay in searching for Sam's $5,000 in bonds in order to hire attorney George Clark Lessin. When Brent visits his father about the bonds, Sam says only that he used to sleep in a $5,000 bed. Doc Close, eavesdropping on their conversation, quickly tells Ware Sam's message, and Ware races to the ranch just as Brent discovers the bonds in Sam's mattress. Meanwhile, Wilton tells Ethel Gordon, who lives on the ranch, of his plans to invade the ranch with 1,000 head of sheep. He then says the ranch will be "theirs" and accosts her. Brent arrives in time to save her, however, and rounds up local cattlemen to stop Wilton's sheepherders at the ranch border. The men fight unarmed until Wilton stabs sheepman Fred Winn in order to flee on his horse. He then blames Brent for the murder. At Wilton's word, the sheriff offers a $1,000 reward for Brent, which Wilton, forcing Brent into jail, collects. As Ware and Wilton encourage the sheepmen to lynch Brent, he escapes from jail and takes Ware hostage. By torturing Ware with wet rawhide which tightens as it dries about Ware's head, Brent forces him to write a letter to the court declaring that Sam is sane and that he resigns as guardian to the ranch. Wilton then arrives at Five Springs with the sheriff bearing Sam's IOU. As Brent, Ethel and neighboring cattlemen converge at the ranch, Ethel suddenly remembers that Wilton returned a book to her with a page missing. Wilton had written Sam's note on the page and had dated it two years before the book's publishing date. With Wilton proven to be guilty of forgery, Brent names him Winn's murderer and the sheriff arrests both him and Ware. Brent then tells Ethel he means to see the judge about turning Sam loose and tying the two of them up.
Although the film's opening credits call Roger Williams' character John Wilton, he is referred to as James Wilton on a reward poster in the film. Modern sources list the following additional cast members: Lafe McKee (Gordon), Jack Evans (Henchman), The Beverly Hill-billies (Band) and Silver Tip Baker, and credit Paul Ivano with camera.