Virgil Renchler (Orson Welles) is an avaricious ranch owner in the Southwest, and Ben Sadler (Jeff Chandler) is the local sheriff investigating the murder of one of Renchler’s workers in this frontier tale of corruption versus the law. Frustrated in his attempts to investigate the crime, and in danger of losing his own life, Sadler ends up getting assistance from Renchler’s young, beautiful and headstrong daughter, Skippy (Colleen Miller).
Jack Arnold (October 14, 1912 – March 17, 1992) was an American television and film director, best known as one of the leading filmmakers of 1950s science fiction films.
Born Jack Arnold Waks in New Haven, Connecticut and as a child read a lot of science fiction books and magazines which would lead to his fandom of science fiction.
During World War II Arnold had intended to become a pilot but was placed in the Signal Corps. Whilst there he learned the tricks of filmmaking from Robert Flaherty.
Arnold directed a number of science fiction films starting in the 50s. The best known of these, the science fiction films It Came from Outer Space, Tarantula, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Incredible Shrinking Man, are noted for their atmospheric black-and-white cinematography and unusually sophisticated scripts. Later in his career, he went to England to direct the early Peter Sellers film, The Mouse That Roared, in which Sellers played three roles, one of them in… read more
welles' only western, no doubt improved by his habitual rewrites; he plays the corrupt cattle baron of the golden empire ranch where a bracero has been mysteriously murdered, apparently for looking at his daughter the wrong way. the local sheriff stubbornly insists on investigating. welles made this film to pay back taxes, then teamed up again with producer zugsmith to make 'touch of evil' the following year