Even this early in his career, Joe Lewis is trying to inject quality
touches into his work on this formula singing cowboy western. Shots are
continually foregrounded by tethered horses, prison bars, a spit
roasted carcass or the wagon wheel, which keeps on appearing in the
With his lip rouge and spotless white hat, hero Baker is a restraint on
any ambition but the rest of the film is pushed towards realistic
handling. There's some well staged action, which may be second hand,
and Willy Fung's stereotypical Chinese cook gets to be integrated into
the plot surprisingly prominently. There's even a hint of the murderous
family relations we'll see in the fifties westerns.
Enthusiasts will find this one better than most.
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