An attractive woman collapses near camp due to exhaustion. After recovering she and Rowdy recognize each other. She is happy to see him but Rowdy is not so happy to see her. She eventually reveals she is on the run for killing a sheriff.
As they setup camp, Mushy sees a woman collapse as she walks toward them. Being very attractive the men are not surprised she and Rowdy know each other. Lisa is happy to see someone she knows but Rowdy is not so sure he wants to see her. She is involved in gambling and known as the Gilded Goddess. She wants to go to New Mexico but Favor has Rowdy take her to the law in a nearby town. On the trip a wheel comes off the wagon. She reveals she took the nut off the wheel to stop them. She is wanted for killing a sheriff but claims she was framed. After fixing the wagon Rowdy returns to camp with her. That night a group of men ride into camp wanting her but there is no lawman with them so Favor refuses to turn her over. After the men leave, Lisa believes Favor is saving her until he says he will take her to the law the next day himself. She attempts to leave camp but Favor catches her. They leave but along the trail she uses a hidden derringer to shoot Favor. Favor's horse is found by the ... Written by
If you can imagine a Scarlett O'Hara/Julie Marsden type of southern belle who the post war fortunes have made a Poker Alice type of gambling queen than you have the character that Dina Merrill portrays in this Rawhide story.
She also has some before the Civil War history with Rowdy Yates and I get the feeling Rowdy got singed a bit, but pulled out before he got really burned. He's not as happy to see her as the others with which she just works the old charm. The rest are all happy to have found this gorgeous blond on the trail even though she's looking all done in.
Good reason she was out there, she's fleeing from a citizen's committee posse because she shot and killed the sheriff from the nearest town. But she gives the drovers a real tall tale.
Some of Vivien Leigh, some of Bette Davis went into the role Merrill portrays. Even with things closing in she still works the old charm and lies. Nicely done too.
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