Farmer and family man Johnny Cobb moonlights as a $2 a month sheriff in the quiet little town of Firecreek. When a gang of freebooters passes through, their leader Larkin, who is suffering from a minor wound, decides to spend the night. The gang members prove to be vicious, sadistic sociopaths who take advantage of the frightened townspeople, humiliating them for their own perverse amusement. Although Larkin disapproves of their behavior, his leadership role is tenuous, and he is reluctant to test it by exercising control over his men. The mild-mannered Cobb also seems hesitant to challenge the gang's antisocial behavior. Things come to a head when Meli, an Indian woman with a mixed race child, is sexually attacked by one of vicious psychopaths. Arthur, a mentally-challenged stable boy, comes to her aid and accidentally kills him. Cobb locks up Arthur pending a trial, but when the sheriff visits his pregnant wife, the gang breaks into the jail and lynches the boy. Cobb now realizes ... Written by
Two legendary stars headed for a showdown.
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Did You Know?
The production has several links to the Gunsmoke
(1955) TV series. Producers Philip Leacock
and 'John Mantley' (qvb) were producers of "Gunsmoke" during the mid-'60s, Calvin Clements
was the story consultant on the series during Mantley's tenure, Morgan Woodward
was a frequent guest-star during the final ten seasons and Gary Lockwood
played the main villain in "The Raid," a two-part 1965 episode directed by Vincent McEveety
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When leaving the church service that was held in the general store, as Johnny Cobb bids farewell to the preacher, the boom mike is visible in the store's door window. See more
[Screaming to the townspeople after finding Arthur has been taken from the jail and lynched
How could you let it happen?
Bringing in the Sheaves
Music by George A. Minor
and lyrics by Knowles Shaw See more