All the good elements that a western need in 75 minutes. Of course, there is a direct reference to The Searchers by Ford, but Boetticher never lose is voice, because is another type of production, another way of thinking cinema. Low costs, small scale, less time, all this limitation are in this film a more value. A splendid case of what serie B and their directors could do.
1 woman, a 5,000$ bounty, 4 men, 20 Indians. Cards are dealt. Trust BOETTICHER, director & producer, to make the game exciting! = 1 femme, 1 prime de 5.000$, 4 hommes, 1 vingtaine d'indiens. Les cartes sont distribuées. Faites confiance à BOETTICHER, réalisateur & producteur, la partie sera chaude! = Good guy: Comanches got one outlaw. Outlaws: What happened to the others? Good guy: the good guy had a way with a gun.
When the western hero becomes an existential archetype and the genre enters a new phase. This is the last in a series of Boetticher-Scott collaborations that serve as a major reference-point for this transition. Some are tempted to see in them a recapitulation of the whole genre, ending once again with this version of Ford's The Searchers. That might give them too much credit.
This is like The Searchers in miniature, and that last reaction shot as Cody watches Nancy reunite with her husband is as heartbreaking and haunting as the ending to Ford's film. It's amazing how much depth and feeling Boetticher could pack into these little B Westerns.