Veteran bounty-hunter Morg Hickman rides into a town in danger. The sheriff has been killed, and young inexperienced Ben Owens named a temporary replacement until a permanent can be found. Ben wants to be that permanent replacement, so needs to impress the townspeople with his skill.
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Cinematography by Loyal Griggs. "Desire" list: Anthony Perkins, who with "Psycho" became one of the first actors to personify an openly gay figure in cinema, in this film "learns to be a man", which implies the confrontation between social roles and unspeakable desires, a "masculinizing the sissy." Again a western proves to be the Hellenic territory for excellence in classic cinema and its social culture.
What I like in Anthony Mann's westerns, it's the fact that each character has a past and acts according his background. The audience is always waiting for the scenes that should reveal the reasons of the character's actions. A western that explores many themes of the genre. Recommended.
Fonda does a terrific job. Love watching him. Perkins performance was not as polished but did not detract.
Good story. Racism, prejudice, love, indifference, pride. This movie pushes a lot of buttons.
4 Tin Stars