Jeff is a rodeo rider broken by one-too many steers and over-reaching for the American Dream. He falls in with a young rancher who has the two things Jeff could never grasp: a clod of earth and the love of a good wife. Yet the rodeo circuit’s fast money are also luring the couple.
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A rodeo film by a master of noir and melodrama. In this film, though, Nicholas Ray takes his time a bit and lets us sink into the rodeo life while relationships develop and alliances shift.
Robert Mitchum is well cast as laconic, cagey Jeff McCloud. Susan Hayward plays a strong, self-assured Louise Merritt.
Ho-hum rodeo drama that truly lacks the excitement of its subject matter. Mitchum basically plays Mitchum (usual) with a muted performance by the usually reliable Susan Hayward. Arthur Kennedy quite good until script's turning point. Cliched melodramatic coda sinks it. Well shot by Lee Garmes.