Marge Gunderson, the still pregnant police chief of Brainerd, Minnesota, investigates the murder of a town pharmacist, shot in a snowy parking lot by a stranger who was helping jump his car... See full summary »
The brother (House Peters Jr.) of rancher Bill Martin (Bill Elliott) is killed in a stampede started by cattleman. Bill returns to the Fargo country to take his brother's place and is welcomed by law-abiding cattleman MacKenzie (Jack Ingram)) and his daughter Kathy (Phyllis Coates). The leader of the ruthless cattle interests are townsman Austin (Arthur Space) and his henchmen Red (Myron Healey), Link (Robert J. Wilke) and Albord (Terry Frost). Bill has the idea of putting up barbed wire to keep the herds from been driven over the land cultivated by the farmers. He, aided by Tad Sloan (Fuzzy Knight), produces the wire by make-shift methods, but it proves effective. The cattleman charge in court that the wire is dangerous to their herds but lose the case. Austin orders his men to seize Bill, bale him in strands of the wire, and throw him on the stage of the town hall during a fall festival. Bill doesn't take kindly to this and it precipitates open war. Written by
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Fargo has Wild Bill Elliott coming back to Dakota Territory to take up a crusade that his murdered brother House Peters, Jr. tried. While Elliott was roaming the west Peters took up the family ranch and sublet it to a lot of homesteaders with the inevitable barbed wire that they bring to fence in crops. That got Peters killed and Elliott back to Fargo.
Elliott continues with his brother's ideas which is that the days of open range are over, that if worked right the farmers can sell their grain to the ranchers for feed as well as to outside markets. But some people are set in their ways.
Wild Bill really gets wrapped up in this one when chief enforcer Myron Healey and his gang capture him and send him back to the farmers and sympathetic ranchers gift wrapped in barbed wire. Quite lucky he wasn't killed in the process. All that did was get the peaceable man quite provoked.
Their are some plot holes in this western, but the final gun battle between Healey's gang and the forces of law and order and progress will not be denied. As if they ever are in these westerns.
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