Robert Taylor stars in this Rod Serling-penned tale of two brothers with different ideas about gunplay. Taylor is Steve Sinclair, a retired gunslinger looking to establish a quiet life on a small cattle ranch. His younger brother, Tony (indie legend John Cassavetes), grew up watching Steve duel with other outlaws, and he can’t understand why anyone would give up the lifestyle. He has a taste for pistol action, one that turns into bloodlust after he makes his first kill (Charles McGraw). As much as Steve tries to keep Tony out of trouble, he can’t stop the kid from charging forward, and Tony nearly starts a land war when a poor farmer (Royal Dano) tries to claim grazing land as his own. It comes down to brother vs. brother and a surprising ending. —Dvdtalk
Robert R. Parrish (born 4 January 1916, Columbus, Georgia – 4 December 1995, Southampton, New York) was an American actor, film editor, film director, and writer. He received an Academy Award for Film Editing for the 1947 film, Body and Soul.
Parrish was the son of factory cashier Gordon R. Parrish and Laura R. Parrish. In the mid-1920s, the family moved from Georgia to Los Angeles and Parrish and his sisters Beverly and Helen began obtaining work as actors soon thereafter. Parrish made his film debut in the 1927 Our Gang short Olympic Games. (Their mother, Laura R. Parrish, was an actress as well and appeared in a few films of the 1940s.) He appeared in the anti-war classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Charles Chaplin’s City Lights (1931), and in several films for John Ford.
Ford then enlisted him as an assistant editor in 1936 on Mary of Scotland, and as a sound editor on Young Mr Lincoln (1939). Parrish worked as an assistant editor and sound editor on… read more
One of Hollywood’s top action directors of the late 1950s and 1960s, John Sturges, for a time, was a name associated almost exclusively with large-scale action-adventure films. A one-time assistant in RKO’s blueprint department, Sturges spent most of his early career in the studio’s art department and editing room (an especially productive department, where directors Robert Wise and Mark Robson also got their starts), before joining David O. Selznick as a production assistant and later as an editor. He became a director in the U.S. Army Air Force, making documentary and training films, including Thunderbolt, in collaboration with veteran director William Wyler. He returned to Hollywood as a director and, for a time, made successful if fairly undistinguished films (mostly action or suspense) until 1954, when he took on Bad Day at Black Rock. Sturges, who had shown a knack for working with the increasingly difficult Spencer Tracy (in The People Against O’Hara), coaxed a great performance… read more
John Sturges just re-shot a few scenes in the studio because MGM was afraid that Robert Taylor was looking too old under the Colorado sun. A superb western, very modern, mostly thanks to the performance of John Cassavetes. Robert Parrish is definitely a director to rediscover. The ten first minutes, with only a supporting cast, sets the tone of the whole movie. Highly recommended.