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.
As hot and deadly as the bullets that screamed from his gun!
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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
Once the hunt for the telegrapher begins, the sheriff, who is such an honest and honorable and upstanding, law-abiding lawman that he was willing to hang his own son to tell what he believed to be the truth, becomes an enraged man looking to kill the telegrapher, wildly throwing a shot into the telegrapher's home upon arrival there without first trying to find him in the home and arrest him. He even shoots the gun out of the hand of his own deputy and then knocks him out to prevent the deputy from stopping him from killing the telegrapher. Quite a change from the "Iron Sheriff' so bent on upholding the law, suddenly wanting to kill the telegrapher when he had not even done any physical harm to his son. Sure, the telegrapher would have allowed the sheriff's son to hang, but at this point they had already figured out that the telegrapher was guilty of the killing, the sheriff's son would not have hanged, and all they needed to do was bring the telegrapher in for a new trial. 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