In 1891, in a small town in South Dakota, a stagecoach is robbed and the driver is killed. A small fortune in silver dollars has disappeared. The only suspect is Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt, the son of Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt. The lad claims he's innocent but circumstances and a few witnesses place him at the scene of the murder-robbery. Heart-broken but honest, Sheriff Galt arrests his own son and prepares for the trial by hiring the best lawyer in the country to defend Benjie. The Sheriff also hires a local detective to investigate the scene of the stagecoach robbery and possibly dig up any new evidence or witnesses to help clear Benjie of the crime. However, when a silver dollar from the stage robbery loot turns up in the local saloon, the trail leads straight to Benjie. Written by
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Although shot in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see it as the director and cinematographer intended. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes" like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more
The newspaper editor finally deduces that the telegrapher is the only other one (besides the stage owner) who could have known about the stage coming because he was the one who transmitted the scheduling messages, something so obvious everyone in the town should have known it, but for some reason only the newspaper editor, under great duress because of his unrequited love for the woman who loved the sheriff, was able to come up with that well-known factoid and help the sheriff's son that he had previously rashly tried and judged guilty in his newspaper. See more
[a dying man has identified Benjie as a murderer
Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt
Dad, you can't believe what he said. You can't!
No, I believe you, Benjie, but I got to prove it. Somehow, I got to prove it.
Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt
To the people here... or to yourself?
Referenced in The Exiles