A wounded man wanders into camp with the strong box from a stagecoach robbery. Favor decides to hold the money till the next town but when two of the robbers enter camp and one gets away, the drive is hit with dangers from the robbers.
As Wishbone and Mushy pick up supplies a stage is held up. The robbers get the strongbox but Wishbone wounds the man carrying it. That night the man stumbles into camp with the box containing $50,000 but dies. Favor decides to hold the money until they reach the next town. The next day Jeff McKeever and a partner come into camp posing as a deputies looking for the robbers and money. Rowdy recognizes Jeff, his old officer, so Favor says he has the money before Wishbone recognizes them as two of the holdup men. The drovers capture McKeever but the partner gets away. McKeever says the money is from the Confederacy rightfully belonging to all southerners. The renegades kill one man and set a wagon on fire causing a water shortage. The next waterhole is poisoned and they blast the trail stampeding the cattle taking Hey Soos captive. Rowdy against Favor's orders takes McKeever and the box to Colonel Reed. However, Reed refuses to release Hey Soos so Rowdy goes back empty handed. Favor had ...Written by
I swear I didn't think it could get any hotter.
You ain't started to boil yet, it's still the cool of the morning.
I tell you, Pete, I could've had me a gentleman's job tending a bar down home. I don't know why I signed up on this drive for again anyway.
Ah, that's easy. Light work, short hours, good pay.
Everything's going to turn to dust if we don't get to water soon. Where's the next waterhole?
Salt Water Springs. It'll be a couple of days.
Two days? Where're you leading us? By way of the ...
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An outlaw who Wishbone wounded while getting supplies in town staggers into camp, falls over and dies carrying a strongbox with $50.000.00 in Yankee greenbacks. It's the stolen loot from a stagecoach robbery.
Eric Fleming makes a decision to take the money on to the next town, but Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. shows up claiming to be a sheriff, but he's unmasked quickly by Paul Brinegar who says he's one of the outlaws. He gets captured and held by the drovers, but after that it's a war of attrition as the outlaws want both Zimbalist and the money.
These outlaws are a former Confederate unit that never surrendered. Let's just say a cold dose reality is in store for them.
Clint Eastwood served with Zimbalist in the war and the two have some intense scenes. But the responsibility is as it always is on Eric Fleming. Fleming shows why he's the leader.
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