Poole, a Shoshone Indian, won the Congressional Medal of Honor for
his service in the Civil War. Lance is ignored by the white townspeople,
who are against him and his father because of their hold on the richest
land in the region. When Verne Coolan, a prejudiced lawyer, threatens
to take Lance's land away under a new homesteading law, Lance hires
Orrie Masters, a female attorney who has recently settled in Medicine
Bow, to take his case.
Lance and his Shoshone Indian fighters take refuge in Lance's cabin,
and quickly turn it into a makeshift fortress. After calling in U.S.
Cavalry troops, Orrie makes an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Lance
to give up his losing fight.
Lance kills Coolan, but when the Cavalry fighters join the sheepherders,
Lance's men are overwhelmed and forced to surrender. Lance gets shot.
In the final moments of his life, gives the Cavalry commander a farewell
Robert Taylor - Lance Poole
Louis Calhern - Verne Coolan
Paula Raymond ... Orrie Masters Marshall Thompson - Rod MacDougall James
Mitchell - Red Rock
Edgar Buchanan - Zeke Carmody Rhys
Williams - Scotty MacDougall
Spring Byington - Mrs. Masters
James Millican - Ike Stapleton
Bruce Cowling - Lt. Grimes
Fritz Leiber - Mr. Poole
Harry Antrim - Dr. C.O. MacQuillan
Chief John Big Tree - Thundercloud