Ross Darby hires Tod Larson to kill the Marshal. Tod's sister Muriel works at the Birdcage but she wants nothing to do with him due to his background as a hired gun. In Laramie Tod is given a letter naming the Marshal as his target. Unknown to Tod, his one remaining close friend Dan Troop is the Marshal. Tod tries to back out of the contract but Darby says it is the Marshal or his sister who Darby's men take some shots at. They tell Tod to have Troop on a trail outside town the next morning. Tod knocks out Troop and takes his clothes and horse. Troop and Johnny follow but the men shoot Tod.
Did You Know?
More of Dan's back story is mentioned here, along with his statement he's been in Laramie for three years. Dan knew Tod Larson when they were in Taos, New Mexico, and Dan saved Tod's life while there. See more
Tod is shot in the back twice while wearing Dan's jacket. In the following scene, Dan walks out of the Birdcage wearing the same jacket and there are no holes in the back. See more