The Vanquished tells a tale of postwar reconstruction, betrayal and revenge. After the Civil War ends, decorated soldier Rock Grayson (John Payne) returns home to find the entire town is under the employ of the merciless carpetbagger Roger Hale (Lyle Bettger). Hale has even gone so far as to set up his base of operations in Grayson's home. But, taking Grayson's castle is not enough, as Hale also has eyes for Rock's girlfriend Jane Colfax (Colleen Gray). Just when the townspeople think Grayson will be their knight in shining armor, he shocks everyone by accepting a position in Hale's service as his tax collector. In reality, Grayson is simply working undercover, as he collects the evidence needed to oust Hale in a court of law. Can the local hero return the town to its former glory or will Hale lay continue to rule with an iron fist? Watch this 1953 film, directed by Edward Ludwig to find out.