“Seems long ago, he lost his woman to the Indians — been huntin’ to find her ever since.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
He adds that while “they are two interesting characters who are destined to fight with one another,” “neither will change” and “their function is simply to serve as role models for young Rust, who would like to lead a decent life if given the inspiration.”
Peary writes that “throughout [the film] we wonder when Scott will make the same advances to Gates that his character does with Maureen O’Sullivan in the similar plotted The Tall T,” and “only near the end do we learn why neither… attempt a relationship.” Scott is impressive from the wordless opening scenes:
… and the ending (which instantly helps explain so much about Gates’s character) will likely bring a lump to your throat:
This “solid, entertaining western” — which is “best seen on a wide screen” — remains worth a look by all film fanatics.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: