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.
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.
An intimate, magisterial western, with Fonda, the enigmatic, but kind bounty hunter, the lanky, lunky Anthony Perkins as the stand-in sherriff, a posse of nasty racist hangers (lead by the evil Neville Brand), some love interest, and a young boy, foments into a tense, wonderfully photographed essay on corruption and redemption. No one can beat Mann in these subtle, psychological battles between men of the west.