Earp jails Ben Thompson in the hope that his mentally unstable brother Bill will attempt a jailbreak, but the Marshal underestimates the misguided and naive ruthlessness of young Abbie Crandall, who is also determined to help Ben escape.
Earp implements a new no wearing guns policy in Ellsworth. He is able to use it to arrest Ben Thompson and jail him for ten days. Earp hopes his brother Bill will try to break Ben out of jail giving Earp a chance to arrest Bill for murdering the Sheriff. Earp and the new Judge swear in special deputies for the trap. Meanwhile, Bat has a new friend young Abbie Crandall who wants to meet Earp. Wyatt is friendly to her but suspicious. The trap works allowing Earp to arrest Bill who he suspects may be insane. That evening Abbie returns to the jail where Bat lets her in against Earp's orders. She pulls a gun forcing Bat and the deputy to free Ben and Bill Thompson. Ben wants to have it out with Earp but is forced to leave with Bill when Bill refuses to fight Earp in a fair gun duel. Abbie is arrested but later freed by the judge since there is a bias against jailing young naive girls. Young Bat learns another lesson about women and life.Written by
Wyatt Earp, against his will, is Marshal of Ellsworth, Kansas. The year is 1874. Ellsworth is one of the wild cow towns of the Western frontier. Bill Thompson had killed Earp's close friend, Sheriff Whitney and Earp had arrested Bill, who escaped. This pursuit of Bill Thompson was Wyatt's key to success in Ellsworth.
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