Some vicious gunmen ride into the small town of Plainview, but storekeeper MacMurray foils their attempted bank robbery by accidentally shooting and killing the ringleader. The townsfolk hail him as a hero, but their enthusiasm sours when gunmen Homeier, Lambert, Pickard, and others return to exact vengeance. Then a reign of terror ensues while the outlaws bide their time, knowing the circuit-riding marshal will not visit the town for days. The town turns against MacMurray and his wife (Malone), except for staunch friend Brennan, a local doctor. MacMurray's general store is boycotted and he is even asked to leave town so the baddies won't cause trouble. He refuses, going into a showdown against the outlaws. His bravery, even though he knows he will be killed, and the exhortations of Brennan bring the citizens around so that all do their bit to destroy the menacing killers. MacMurray turns in a fine performance, as do Malone, Rettig (as their son), and old reliable Brennan, in a film that borrows from a lot of films, such as BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK; BROKEN ARROW; and most certainly HIGH NOON, the most imitated western of them all. But the movie still stands on its own, thanks to MacMurray's riveting performance.
When a miniscule, mythical country in the Alps finds itself in a budget crisis after the US is producing a wine identical to the one that is their only export and means of income, they decide to declare war on the US with their army of twenty men, but through a strange twist of fate find themselves winning it!