A sharpshooting saddle tramp with a price on his head falls for the daughter of a wealthy ranch owner. He vows to win enough money in shooting contests to win her father's approval, but when he returns years later, he finds she has married another man who is jealous of her affections. The husband tries to have a murder warrant served on the drifter; shoots him in the back and when and hires a gambler to murder the man. None of these attempts on the drifter's life kills him and when the wife leaves him, the husband goes gunning for the drifter, now the star of a Wild West show. Written by
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The Ben Johnson
character "Doc Bogardus" is a combination of two professional exhibition shooters who carried on a rivalry from 1877 - 1883. William Frank "Doc" Carver (1840-1927) and Capt. Adam Henry Bogardus (1833-1913). The rivalry ended in 1883 when Carver out shot Bogardus in 19 of the 25 sponsored contests between them. See more
A thousand dollars is a lot of money for fellas like you and me. Fellas like Doc Borgardus... that just pays for the whiskey. He didn't ride all the way for a piddlin' thousand dollars... Side bets. The money's in side bets.
How much money have you got?
I figure to be gettin' about 20 to 1 odds, so put your money on Caleb Rice. That's the side bets I was talkin' about.
If I do any bettin' I'll be bettin' on myself.