Synopsis for “Hangman’s Justice”
The Rawhide Kid and Randy Clayton are riding along the range when they witness a man being kidnapped. The Kid and Clayton are shot at when they rush to the man’s rescue and although they kill one of the kidnappers the other escape with their victim. They ride into the nearby town of Hondo and explain the situation to the local sheriff, who sends out some men to recover the dead body. When it turns out the dead man was a reputable resident named Jess Spencer, the sheriff accuses the Rawhide Kid of killing a man in cold blood, disbelieving the Kid’s story and has him locked up.
The Kid believes that he is innocent however when he is brought to trail he is railroaded through the trial and is sentenced to hanging for the murder of Spencer, despite his pleas of self-defense. Left in his cell over night, the Kid witnesses as some outlaws rob the local bank and then light it on fire. As the bank burns to the ground, Randy comes to the Kid’s cell window and helps him escape by getting the Kid’s horse Apache to pull the bars off the window and follow after the outlaws.
The criminals arrive at a cabin outside of town where they have the judge prisoner and take him outside to execute him for their employer Jarad Ketchum. However before they can kill him the Rawhide Kid saves his life. The Kid learns from Judge Homer that Ketchum was his partner in the Hondo Bank and after owing the bank a fortune he sought to destroy the records, kidnapping Homer and taking his place in disguise.
Riding back into Hondo, the Rawhide Kid arrives just as Ketchum, still posing as judge Homer, tries to blame the bank fire on the hero. The Kid attacks Ketchum, exposing his disguise and turning him over to the proper authorities, clearing his name.