Out on patrol in the war-time desert a Canadian corporal reminisces about the woman he has left behind in London and ponders whether she will fall for the charms of his rival in love. At ... See full summary »
John M. Stahl
Two drifters are passing through a Western town, when news comes in that a local farmer has been murdered and his cattle stolen. The townspeople, joined by the drifters, form a posse to catch the perpetrators. They find three men in possession of the cattle, and are determined to see justice done on the spot. Written by
David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>
Henry Fonda, who had a deferment, enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately upon completing filming for this movie. See more »
Major Tetley enters the parlor of his home where he is presumably alone. A shot is heard and it is clear that he has committed suicide. However, a split second before the scene changes the right-hand door of the room can be seen being opened by someone inside the room. See more »
Other men with families have had to die for this sort of thing. It's too bad, but it's justice.
Justice? What do you care about justice? You don't even care whether you've got the right men or not. All you know is you've lost something and somebody's got to be punished.
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At the end of the credits an ad for U.S. war savings bonds is shown on the screen. It says that "15,000 movie theatres are now selling U.S. war savings stamps and bonds! Buy yours in this theatre." See more »
A startling picture about moral play in the times of the Old West, the film is not a character-based drama, since we hardly get to know any of the characters, but we understand their actions and importantly what makes them tick. The incident feels universal, as the same themes and ideas have application and relevance to justice and vengeance today. What is at the heart of the film is not confined to the western setting. It is intense viewing, aided by apt sets and realistic dust effects, and both Fonda and Morgan are effective in their roles. The rest of the cast generally have lighter characters, and therefore there is less that they can do. But it all comes well together overall. This is a film that well deserves its status as a classic.
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