Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development ... See full summary »
Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton's former fiancée Julie? Written by
Rod Crawford <email@example.com>
Most films about outlaws made in the fifties and before had in common a certain sadness, because you knew from the beginning that the outlaw hero was doomed. You would suffer with him, knowing there was no hope, that he would die at the end. This film has a different approach, the hero here is Randolph Scott and he is not one of the Daltons, just a friend of them, he is even a rival of Bob Dalton (Broderick Crawford) in relation to Julie King (Kay Francis). So the whole fun of the film is on the great action scenes where the Daltons do one incredible thing after another. They just don't stop, they go from a bank robbery to a train robbery where the law is waiting for them inside the train. Mary Gordon as Ma Dalton is remarkable. The fact that you can follow the Daltons without getting emotionally involved, makes this an unusual, enjoyable western, more cheerful than most of its kind.
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