An absolutely fascinating yet, thankfully, still entertaining Flynn/de Havilland western. It is peculiar in a few ways: Reagan plays Custer as Wingman; a year after this, Flynn plays Custer; and the film has an (shockingly today) ambivalence towards slavery. John Brown's portrayal as misguided religious zealot / domestic terrorist made the experience curiouser and curiouser. A testament to historical perspective.
While lacking any kind of real political statement or history lesson for that matter Curtiz's film does have some rousing moments and is a fairly good vehicle for Mr. Flynn. Better however is the role of John Brown enacted by the ever reliable Raymond Massey. De Havilland who has above the title billing is wasted here in a somewhat minor role. One wonders the real intent by the screenwriter.