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>
At the very end of the movie when Art and Gil get on their horses, you can see that Art steps up on something with his right foot, before he puts his other foot into the stirrup. In the next shot there is nothing for him to have stepped on. See more »
[Gil Carter reading Martin's letter]
"My dear Wife, Mr. Davies will tell you what's happening here tonight. He's a good man and has done everything he can for me. I suppose there are some other good men here, too, only they don't seem to realize what they're doing. They're the ones I feel sorry for. 'Cause it'll be over for me in a little while, but they'll have to go on remembering for the rest of their lives. A man just naturally can't take the law into his own hands and hang people without ...
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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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