Superbly elegant, almost gothic western from the aways surprising Joseph H Lewis, who pits an angry, ruthless corrupt sherrif landowner (Ward Bond, fiercely nasty) against a younger son (Joseph Cotten) in a fight and struggle to the death. The superb classical, shadowy cinematography with its endless depth of field imagery (Ray Rennahan) along with sensuous Viveca Lindfors elevates this western noir among the best.
There are indeed dazzling and miraculous moments in this western directed by the always surprising Joseph H. Lewis. The bare-hands fight between Daniel Halliday and his father is of the most oedipal interest, Lewis' mise-en scene is very elaborate and the director likes to place his camera in unlikely positions. Everything is not perfect but The Hallyday Brand deserves more than a polite attention. Recommended.