Having masterminded the hold up of his company office, a mining engineer is barred from the industry. He then sets up shop as an assayer, scheming to acquire a rich silver mine lease from its operators.
The office of mining engineers and partners Larkin Moffatt and Charlie Storrs is robbed. Storrs accuses Moffatt of complicity with the robbers and fires him. He also asks all major mining companies in the region to avoid hiring Moffatt. Unemployable, Moffatt opens his own small independent assay office in Silver City. His first client, Candace Surrency, leases a mine from the greedy R. R. Jarboe, owner of several mines. Candace Surrency and her father have invested all their funds in the mine lease which is due to expire in 12 days, reverting the mining rights back to its owner, R. R. Jarboe. So far the mine has been dry but the Surrencys have hired Moffatt to do another assay on the latest batch of ore. Moffatt finds silver in large amounts in the test batch, making the Surrencys rich. News of their silver strike spreads fast. Mine owner R. R. Jarboe refuses to extend the mine lease to the Surrencys who won't have enough time to extract and process the silver ore during the remainder... Written by
The writer reportedly found the story so complicated he had trouble making the screenplay coherent.It shows,particularly in the first scene ,which does not look at all like a first scene-there's the same problem in Haskin's and O'Brien 's "war path" ,the -in my opinion- better follow-up the same year.These movies were supposed to make this actor a western star but left him a tough guy in thrillers in which he excelled .
Anyway the star of this western is the incredibly attractive Yvonne De Carlo ;every time she appears,you only have eyes for her.And there is a scene where her face is filmed in close shot! A labored western ,with two good chases at the beginning and at the end .If it were not for De Carlo,I would rather recommend "war path".
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