A chance to see an early John Wayne and Tim McCoy with what has to be the dumbest looking hat in all westerns. His horse Pal even has a snicker ready to go. In this one Tim plays a man everyone thought dead. Tim lets them think that for a while.
Texas Grant rides into the town of Stampede. He doesn’t see some men about to draw on him. They think he’s Jim Rawlings who was shot in the back five years ago and left for dead. Bartender Hefty gets him to keep the masquerade going.
As he walks out of the saloon someone throws a knife at him and only gets the door. A man named Becker (Wheeler Oakman) calls him yellow and the speeded up fight scene is on. Of course Tex is the winner by a knockout. He also gets the best of a man who tries to shoot him.
Tex rides out to the Diamond R ranch where Jim’s widow Helena (Shirley Grey) lives with her housekeeper Kate. Helena faints when she sees him. He finally convinces her that he’s really just good ol’ Tex. Kate fills him in about how Helena is trying to keep the ranch going even though her cattle are being rustled by Becker and his gang..
Tex decides to take matters into his own hands. He goes to the bunkhouse and takes names. The foreman, Nick Lawler, takes exception and another speeded fight is on. Tex fires everybody except young Steve Pickett (John Wayne). Tex goes to town and sends a telegram to get ten pals to come to town and help him straighten things out.
Back at the Diamond R Steve sees Lawler and one of the men rustling cattle and shoots one of them. He’s also wounded and his horse charges back to the ranch. Tex nabs Lawler and takes him to sheriff Lew Collins (Walter Brennan). It looks like Becker and his gang are in for a tough time.
There’s a twist at the end that’s no big surprise but it is a fun hour long western and it is interesting to see a young Duke.