After the Civil War, Wes Barker (John Carroll) and his friend Jim McWade (Bill Elliott) return home to Texas to seek a peaceful life. But their plans are torn asunder when the state police, led by corrupt carpetbaggers, kill Barker’s father and he goes gunning for revenge. Barker and his rowdy cousins soon form a lawless gang and begin to enjoy outlaw life — until McWade is forced to become a U.S. Marshal and hunt down his former pal.
Russian-born Edward Ludwig came to the U.S. as a child and was educated in Canada and New York City. He entered the film business as an actor in silents, then became a scenarist and screenwriter, and in the early 1930s, started directing. Although most of his films were routine second features, he showed a flair for action pictures, a good example of which is a John Wayne war epic he made for Republic, The Fighting Seabees (1944), one of Wayne’s better and most successful films for that studio. In the mid-’60s he turned to directing TV series. —IMDb