Riding the Sunset Trail (1941)
Jay Lynch, the half-brother of rancher Jim Dawson, schemes with Dawson’s crooked lawyer, Jasper Raines, to take over Dawson’s ranch. Lynch has his henchmen, “Bronco” West and “Drifter” Smith kill Dawson, but Dawson is only wounded and found and hidden away by cattle-association detectives Tom Sterling and his sidekick, Lopez Mendoza. Lynch then shows up at the Dawson ranch with a forged will, leaving him the ranch, with intent to evict Dawson’s daughters, Betty and Sugar, but Sterling and Mendoza intervene. Lynch then hires gunman “Pecos” Dean to ambush and kill Sterling but Dean turns out to be a crook that has reformed. Sterling, aided by Judge Little and Sheriff Hays and the return of the supposedly-dead man, puts an end to Lynch’s plan.