“When you know what you want, why waste time?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
with Stanwyck clearly coveting a role as her father’s lead partner — to the point of turning violent and vicious once that’s threatened.
In his final role before dying of a heart attack, Huston is a larger-than-life, enigmatic figure, someone whose raw exuberance for ranching is contagious:
… and Stanwyck gives a powerful performance as a woman with intense emotions whose passion for her home (inextricably tied to her her father) ultimately surpasses all other goals in her life.
Three middle-aged actresses — Judith Anderson…
Beulah Bondi (as the wife of an influential banker)…
and Blanche Yurka (as Roland’s mother):
are given memorable supporting roles as well. Meanwhile, the gothic cinematography by Victor Milner is appropriately moody:
providing many haunting shots and moments. This one is well worth a look.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: