Cast & Crew
R. G. Springsteen
When Oklahoma ranchers Rex Allen and his friend, Scotty Davis, decide to take their cattle to market, they unite their herds with those of neighboring ranchers. Rex then uses the ranchers' alliance in his negotiations with meatpackers Brock and Charlie Stevens, obtaining what he thinks is a fair price for rail transport. The next morning, the ranchers drive the herd toward the "spur," or connecting railroad line, where Rex believes they will be able to load the cattle onto cattle cars. Several days later, after the ranchers stop to make camp, Brock arrives to tell them that unless they can pay an additional ten thousand dollars, they will be forced to load their herd at the main line, which is still several days' drive away. Determined not to be taken advantage of, Rex convinces the other ranchers to continue to Tusla, where they can strike a new deal with cattle broker Kate Carney. One of the ranchers, Hank, is working secretly for the brothers and tries to persuade the others to accept their offer, but the group decides to push on. When the herd nears Tulsa, Rex and another rancher named Jigg ride ahead to meet with Kate. As they ride along, the Stevens' gang attacks their wagon, and then quickly rides away. Unharmed, Rex and Jigg continue on to Tulsa. When they arrive, Kate welcomes them warmly until Charlie phones to inform her that Rex is the nephew of Luther Wilcox. Kate, who was cheated by Wilcox years ago, rudely demands that they leave. Rex has no sooner returned to the ranchers' camp near Whipporwill, when he sees Kate arriving with her secretary, Sharon Forbes. Kate explains that she has changed her mind, and promises to inspect the herd in the morning. The next morning, while Kate is still sleeping, the gang flies an airplane low over the area and causes a stampede. When they fly low over the wagon in which Kate and Sharon are trying to escape, it topples over. Kate and Sharon quickly duck behind the wagon and narrowly avoid being trampled to death. After Rex guesses that the Stevens brothers are behind the attack, he urges the ranchers to drive the herd through dry Brimstone Valley and promises to punch wells along the way to prevent the cattle from losing any more weight. The ranchers agree to forge ahead, and the next day, after the group pitches camp, Hank hits rancher Joe Brant on the head. Later, Brock insults Rex by offering to buy the herd for a fraction of its worth. At the Big Bow Hotel, Charlie and Hank show Kate a receipt to prove that they have just purchased the herd. When Kate informs Rex about the receipt, he accuses Hank of stealing it from his wallet. Hank is arrested, and after Rex and Jigg finally get a good price for their cattle, they bid Kate and Sharon goodbye.