ok so it's been established that barbara is the hardest bitch in the state and then 45 min into the film she needs to be saved and then she lets her empire deteriorate for luv and then she needs to be saved again? bad case of queen christina syndrome
Behold, the beauty of Sam Fuller with CinemaScope! A fun western, given that visceral, guttural kick that Fuller could give to anything, with so many guns-as-phallic-symbols scenes that he's practically baiting psychoanalytic film theorists. Not quite sure about the finale—although with Fuller, you can never be sure how much you're supposed to take a happy ending seriously.
"I never kissed a gunsmith before."
Hard to fault this. I was only really familiar with Barbara Stanwyck (who stars as an influential Arizona landowner with a sort of private army of gunslingers) but she leads a fine cast and Tombstone circa 1880 is brought to the screen in superb detail, with lovingly hand-lettered signs as far as the camera can see.
80 minutes flew by and I only wished there was more.
Overheated, deliciously kinky, and subversive as hell. Sam Fuller's crisp, high contrast black-and-white Cinemascope compositions dazzle and disarm. Stanwyck's rawhide dominatrix damn near out-Crawfords Crawford.
Good script by Fuller adapting the Wyatt Earp tale with a female character added. That Barbara Stanwyck did the scene where she is dragged by the horse herself is amazing at age 49! Stanwyck is memorable throughout. Spectacular low-angle cinematography by Joseph Biroc. The pre-titles opening sequence is unforgettable. Fuller's decision to shoot the film in b/w cinemascope is intriguing but laudable. A major western.