Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
Lawman Allan "Rocky" Lane is mistaken for a hired killer in this average western from Republic Pictures. Assuming the identity of his captive, Clune (Stuart Randall), when the latter is killed by mistake by fellow outlaw Murray (John Cason), Rocky learns that Murray's cohort Leo Straykin (Roy Barcroft) has killed a rancher named Reynolds and is planning on robbing Josh Taylor (Forrest Taylor) and then sell him the dead man's property. But Taylor arrives with his lawyer, Parradine (John Eldredge), and a surveyor, Bob Bennett (George Nader), one of whom is rumored to be Straykins' boss. Playing along and keeping his cover despite unwanted interference from Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller), an old-timer he has befriended along the way, Rocky learns that not only is Parradine Straykin's boss but young Bennett is actually Jack Reynolds, the vengeful son of the murdered rancher. The plot thickens with the arrival of Jack's pretty wife Carol (Claudia Barrett) but Rocky and Nugget eventually bring the villains to justice. Rustler's on Horeback marked the screen debut of 1950s matinee idol George Nader.
bad-guy, cowboy, gangster, good-guy, identity, infiltration, investigation, land-scheme, land-war, leader, marshal, outlaw [Western], owner, ranch, rustler, selling, sidekick