Clayton, former sheriff of Jefferson, saves young Philip from the siege of some bounty killers. Philip had managed to escape and take refuge in the mountains after being wrongly accused by the three overbearing Saxon brothers of having killed their father, known as “The Patriarch”, and had been sentenced to death by a corrupt judge. Believing, however, that Clayton is also a bounty hunter, Philip tries to stay away from him, who has instead taken him under his own protection. He ends up, however, in the hands of the Saxons, one of whom, sheriff, gives orders to proceed to his hanging. Clayton intervenes, revealing that it was he who killed the Patriarch out of a thirst for justice. At the end of a furious duel, in which Philip also participates, only the corpses of the Saxons and their gang remain.
Lee Van Cleef: Clayton
Peter O’Brien: Philipp Wermeer
Horst Frank: David Saxon/Patriarca Saxon
Jess Hahn: Bighorse, the postilion
Il grande duello