In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry.
Jack La Rue
Earp agrees to become marshal and establish order in Tombstone in this very romanticized version of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (e.g., Doc is killed by Curley before the actual battle and Earp must do the job alone).
Not a bad movie, it stars Randolph Scott as a man whose wife has been killed by the heavy (MacReady) and who spends the rest of the story tracking him down and whittling away at both his empire and his nerves.
Scott looks fine physically, as usual. MacReady is suitably villainous. He looks so awesomely Teutonic. Come to think of it, as a revenge Western, this should have been directed by Fritz Lang.
That probably would have helped a good deal because Ray Enright's direction never rises above the functionally mediocre. Actors go where they are supposed to go and say what they are supposed to say, and that's about it. But then the whole film is routine. The characters are pretty simple. Two men fight and tumble into a shack and the balsam wood boards scatter like feathers. The script is equally prosaic. The comic sidekick, Wally Ford, adds an obligato to some of his lines -- "I reckon." (Amusing.) The cast has a lot of familiar faces who aren't asked to do very much with their one-dimensional characters. The three actresses are fundamentally uninteresting.
It isn't terrible. What I mean is that it's not a cheap B Western with telephone poles in the background. It's just that, considering some of Scott's other Westerns, it rather groans and creaks.
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