When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.
- Genre: Western, Adventure, Drama, Action
- Studio: Sanford Productions (III), Warner Bros. Pictures
- Keyword: montana, based on novel or book, ranch, beef, cattle drive, cattle, schoolboy
- Cast: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Alfred Barker Jr., Nicolas Beauvy