The Light of Western Stars (1940) tells the sad tale of a handsome young cowhand named Danny (Alan Ladd) and his short-lived marriage to the lovely girl Bonita (Esther Estrella).
Danny has a good, steady job on a ranch, and his favorite way to spend an evening is by going to town and dancing with Bonita.
I've long maintained that it's a crime we don't get to see Alan Ladd dance in more movies because he's got such athletic grace that he must have been a fine dancer. The Light of Western Stars does give us several nice, longish moments of Danny and Bonita dancing together, and his easy smoothness totally matches my expectations.
Unfortunately, the crooked lawman Tom Hawes (Tom Tyler) takes a shine to Bonita himself. He orders one of his deputies to go "take care of" Danny so Bonita will be free to dance with Sheriff Hawes.
Because this is a fairly early Ladd role, the filmmakers actually accentuate his shorter height, making him appear young and small, an easy target for the older and heftier baddies who slap Danny around and threaten him.
Luckily for Danny, his fellow ranch hand Gene Stewart (Victor Jory) stops the sheriff and deputy before anything truly awful can happen.