When Jeff Carr (Lex Barker) comes riding into the town of Tomahawk, he’s nearly lynched by the townspeople, who are convinced that Carr must be responsible for a series of recent stagecoach robberies. Luckily, before they can finish the deed, they discover that Carr has actually been sent by the government to investigate the very same robberies!
Once the townspeople realize that Carr isn’t responsible, they go back to blaming the the local sheepherders. When Carr investigates the number one suspect, Alec Black (Stephen McNally), he quickly realizes that Ale is not the guilty party. Carr and Alec team up to solve the crime but complicating their efforts is the fact that Carr has fallen in love with Alec’s girl, Holly (the beautiful Mara Corday).
The Man From Bitter Ridge is mostly a generic Western but the plot does have one interesting wrinkle. The man who is actually behind the stagecoach robberies is planning on using the stolen loot to fund his political career! This is actually historically accurate, as many outlaws in the post-Civl War west attempted to either redeem or protect themselves by seeking political office and many of those efforts were funded by money that had been stolen from the very people who were now expected to vote for them. Several of the outlaws were actually successful in their efforts, proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Otherwise, The Man From Bitter Ridge is a typical B-western with Mara Corday’s lovely screen presence providing occasional relief from the bland performances of Barker and McNally. The movie does wrap up with an exciting gun battle in the town square but. overall, The Man From Bitter Ridge is most just for for B-western completists and fans of Mara Corday.