Newly appointed sheriff Pat Garrett is pleased when his old friend Doc Holliday arrives in Lincoln, New Mexico on the stage. Doc is trailing his stolen horse, and it is discovered in the possession of Billy the Kid. In a surprising turnaround, Billy and Doc become friends. This causes the friendship between Doc and Pat to cool. The odd relationship between Doc and Billy grows stranger when Doc hides Billy at his girl, Rio's, place after Billy is shot. She falls for Billy, although he treats her very badly. Interaction between these four is played out against an Indian attack before a final showdown reduces the group's number.
Did you know: This film seriously hampered the career of co star Jack Buetel. As a result of his contractual arrangement with producer Howard Hughes, he did not appear in another film for 7 years. Though a regular on TV's
Judge Roy Bean and quite a few other roles, he retired from films in 1961 at age 46.