Trooper Hook is played by Joel McCrea, but top billing goes to Barbara Stanwyck in this multilayered western. McCrea plays a Cavalry officer sent to rescue Stanwyck, who had been captured by Indians years earlier. Upon reaching the Indian village, McCrea discovers that Stanwyck, forced into marrying the chief, has a young son (Terry Lawrence) whom she refuses to desert. After intensive persuasion, Stanwyck permits McCrea to bring herself and her son back to her white husband, John Dehner--who refuses to have anything to do with the child. But after Dehner's death, both Stanwyck and her son find happiness with McCrea. Trooper Hook was written and directed by Charles Marquis Warren, an old western hand who was responsible for many of the best hour-long Gunsmoke TV episodes.