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This is one of a handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions of the 1950-1951 period whose original copyrights were never renewed and are now apparently in Public Domain; for this reason this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors who do not normally handle copyrighted or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer material. See more »
I got a story to tell - a yarn about cow country, cow punchers and men. I was workin' for the Strobie Ranch, a trade of worn leather and saddle blisters and brandin' irons. A trade with some song, some fun and some luck. It was as good a job as a man could ask for. Lonely sometimes and cold - so much distance you'd have thought you'd never get back - but for me, a young kid, it was a fine time. Memories are mostly good. You're up on top of the world where the air is clean and thin ...
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Lancaster is terrific as a honorable and tough cowboy
The movie concerns about a baron cattle ( Ray Collins ) who takes a foreman named Owen ( Burt Lancaster ) as his own son , originating in the legitimate named Lee ( Rober Walker ) an enormous resentment for the adopted brother . An illegitimate child of Lee and Lily ( Sally Forrest ) creates more problems when the brothers ( John Ireland , Hugh O'Brian ) from her , along with a mean gunslinger ( Ted De Corsia ) are looking for revenge . Lee married to Jean ( Joanne Dru ) is seeing an opportunity to obtain his father's cattle.
The movie is a good western with extraordinary landscapes that were shot on location in natural parks of Montana and Arizona territory . The picture has action western , drama , round-up , horseman pursuits and is quite entertaining. It's the first Burt Lancaster's Western and as always , he plays a honest and upright character , similarly he played in ¨Unforgiven¨ ( John Huston ). Robert Walker is fine in his last film because being early deceased at thirty two years old , he's specially known by ¨ Strangers on the train ¨ ( Alfred Hitchcock ). George Folsey's cinematography is glimmer and colorful as is reflected on the breathtaking and spellbound outdoors , however the photography is a little worn-out. Art direction by Cedric Gibbons , he's the greatest production designer by the time and of Metro Goldwyn Mayer ( film producer ). The movie attained lukewarm reception by the public , achieved a moderated success , however a similar film titled ¨ Red River ¨ ( Howard Hawks ), also with the same protagonist , the attractive Joanne Dru , was much better as reviews as box office . The motion picture will appeal to Burt Lancaster fans and western genre enthusiasts.
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