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When a flood of lawless gunmen invades his once peaceful town, Marshal Cass Silver (Ryan) knows it?s up to him to force them out. But the only chance he might have is to gain the help of a gunslinger named Thad (Hunter), who wrongly believes the Marshal is responsible for his father?s death. To save the town, Silver will have to earn the aid, and trust, of a man sworn to send him to his grave!
The main draw (and quick draw) of this 1956 Western is the marvelous presence of Robert Ryan in the lead role. This underappreciated actor plays a Kansas marshal with a history of perceived cowardice in his past. Everything comes to a head in a single week: a cattle drive ends in town, bringing shootin' and hollerin'; Ryan's nemesis, a casino-runner played by veteran bad guy Robert Middleton, arrives to soak the suckers; and young hotshot Jeffrey Hunter, whose father was killed by Ryan, arrives with revenge on his mind. Oh, and Ryan himself begins to suffer from blinding headaches. Despite the crowded plot, the results are Fifties Western boilerplate, with few distinguishing features beyond the cast. But the supporting ranks are crowded with essential horse-saga actors: Walter Brennan, Arthur O'Connell, Rodolfo Acosta, and of course the bearded, lizard-eyed Middleton. Virginia Mayo plays Ryan's hotel-keeper ladyfriend. Ace cinematographer Lucien Ballard gets a few good outdoor CinemaScope set-ups into the generally backlot feel of the thing. But the reason to see the film is lanky Robert Ryan, whose compelling mix of neurosis, gentleness, and fury is on full display here. --Robert Horton
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the bad guy he plays the Marshall in this movie along with Jeffery Hunter the Proud
Ones is one to have in your collection is is worth more than a five star rating and the
theme music is very haunting .
All of the acting is excellent. Ryan is his strong best, Mayo is a Technicolor dream as always. Young Jeff Hunter is a virile charismatic hunk. Middleton is hiss- and boo-worthy from the moment he appears.
The flip disc idea works because both versions (widescreen and cropped) are gorgeous.
This Western delivers. Buy it.
They start off as almost enemies and end up as friends. its nice to watch a relationship grow, as they spar and jab at one another. Walter Brennen is a nice surprise in the film too.
if you are a fan of westerns or a fan of the actors.. get this one. its a good "RIDE"
if he continues in law enforcement. An old adversary comes to thje community he protects and immediately begins to challenge his authority. An
acceptable script overall and solid performances make the picture worth watching. Satisfying although routine.