Hands Across the Rockies is a classic 1940s western. Wild Bill Hickock (Bill Elliot) and Cannonball Taylor (Dub Taylor) are out for revenge. Cannonball's father has been killed, and the two men know the killer is somewhere nearby. However, they ride into the middle of a feud. Bill takes on the role of a lawyer to defend Johnny Peale (Stanley Brown) who is accused of kidnapping his girlfriend Marsha Crawley (Mary Daily). The antagonist is saloon owner Juneau Jessup (Kenneth MacDonald), who has his own ideas as to who Daily should marry, a deal supported by her no good family. Needless to say, the two storylines may well turn out to be connected. The movie, thus, is more a courtroom drama than the traditional western, with relatively few shoot outs. The movie is part of the Wild Bill Hickock series of movies and is lent strong comic elements by Dub Taylor as Cannonball.