Being on the run from the law, notorious (but framed [?]) Billy the Kid
(Bob Steele) arrives in Texas from New Mexico, & witnesses a stage
held up & being relieved of its payroll. Doing what he figures would
be the right thing, he holds up the robbers & relieves them of their
LAter, Billy meets up with his old pal Fuzzy (Al St.John) in
Corral City, but Corral City is terrorized by the Lazy A-gang, incidently
the gang that held up the stage, & before long, one of them shoots
Billy in the back (but does of course not kill him).
to the care of local express line manager Mary (Terry Walker), Billy
learns the desperate state Corral City is in, with the Lazy A-gang just
dominating everything while stages are frequently robbed, & there's
noone in sight who'd like to become sheriff ... so Billy (remember, Billy
the Kid) decides to become a lawman (& Fuzzy his deputy), & since
he is quite handy with both his gun & his fists, he soon puts the Lazy
A-gang into their place.
Soon, the Lazy A's bosses Flash (John Merton)
& Dave (Charles King) decide to hire gunman Gil (Carleton Young), who
has previously helped them with their stage-hold-ups, to help them out
again & duel the new sheriff.
But the duel has quite a different
outcome from what was expected, as both men, expetrt marksmen, miss each
other & ride off in pursuit ...
But why ?
Turns out that Billy
& Gil are actually brothers, who have been framed in New Mexico for a
series of crimes & since have tried to stay alive with a series of
odd-jobs ... & while for Billy, that odd-job at the present is
sheriff, Gil has turned outlaw with the Lazy A-gang - but of course he
agrees with Billy to help him arrest the gang & retrieve the stolen
loot from previous stage hold-ups. And the 2 of them decide to hold up the
next stage coach, too, as it delivers quite a payroll, which would be too
bad if falling into the wrong hands (e.g. the Lazy A-gang).
meantime though, the Lazy A-gang has grown wise to Gil being Billy's
brother & trying to help him, while Mary has grwon to Billy being
wanted as an outlaw, so when Billy holds up the stage, he is soon legally
arrested by a posse from Corral City - heck, the evidence is still on him
-, & once the sheriff's away, the Lazy A gang violently reclaims the
city, & even go so far as to blast the express office wide open to get
their hands on the payroll Billy tried to keep from them after all.
fortunately there's still Fuzzy - still deputy - & Gil, who break
Billy free, & the 3 of them soon manage to round up & arrest the
Lazy A-gang for good.
& while Fzuzzy & Billy soon move on, Gil
stays behind as the new sheriff of Corral City.
special, & apparently made on the cheap, but still a likeable little
Western that has quite a few plottwists (like the 2 brothers only
recognizing each other when engaged in a deadly gunfight) which set it
apart from being just another formula Western (if ultimately Billy
the Kid in Texas is just that), & it's leads, Bob Steele &
Fuzzy, are among the better cowboy leads & sidekicks, respectively.