Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne) is in a tight spot. He's captured dangerous outlaw Joe Burdette (Akins), and must hold him in jail until the territorial judge arrives. Problem is, Burdette has lots of confederates who'll clearly attempt to break him out before the judge arrives. And all Chance has in his corner is Dude, his alcoholic deputy (Martin), and Stumpy (Brennan), a crippled old geezer. Can Chance hold out?