Strong revenge western with more depth than might usually be associated with other similar films of this type. Sterling Hayden is brooding and melancholic in the claustrophibic town, going after his quarry in an absolutely unique way. Its well paced structure allows time for reflection and adds a sence of abstraction to the whole atmosphere. Up there with 'High Noon', if not better.
Some critics apparently disregard this movie as a gimmicky, form over content exercise. I would pick this over High Noon any day. A simple story spiced with some weird elements is told in an airy, abstract way. Lewis gives us space to breathe so we can appreciate his tasty style from a comfortable distance. Loved every minute of it.
joseph h. lewis cheapie with a likeable plot involving immigrants going up against big business. not as wacky or expressionistic as "gun crazy," but it has a few notable moments. sterling hayden is about as plausible as a swedish immigrant as he would be as a rastafarian.
This is a kind of baroque pre - spaghetti western save the fact that it was shot in the U.S.A. and directed by a genuine American native. From the frenzied opening credits showing backwards the main scenes of the film to the final duel between a black-robed iron-handed (in the literal sense of the term) gunfighter and a Swedish whale hunter armed with a gig, this film is a masterpiece. Ja.