Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Officially a Charles Starrett western, Riders of the Badlands divides its running time fairly evenly between Starrett and second-billed Russell Hayden. The plot concerns a Texas Ranger named Collins (Starrett) and his lookalike, notorious outlaw Langdon (also Starrett). When his wife is killed by Langdon's minions, Barton (Hayden) vows to avenge her death. He mistakenly arrests Collins and sentences the lawman to hang, but our hero manages to escape in time and bring the genuine Langdon to justice. Cliff Edwards costars as a singing dentist (!) who tries but fails to provide an alibi for the hapless Collins.
danger, killing, arrest, boss [employer], cowboy, evil, false-accusation, gunfighter, identity, innocence, investigation, lawman, lookalike, lynching, mistaken-identity, murder, outlaw [Western], ranger [military], Texas-Ranger