Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot, and his protégé, Matthew Garth, an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey.
- Genre: Western, Adventure, Drama, Romance
- Studio: United Artists, Monterey Productions, Charles K. Feldman Group
- Keyword: texas, dangerous, kansas, usa, cattle drive, revenge, black and white, cattle, adopted child, cattle empire
- Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Harry Carey