After the Civil War, a cowboy who's a former Union soldier leads a cattle drive into Mexico--now occupied by the French, who are battling Mexican revolutionaries led by Benito Juarez--in ...
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After the Civil War, a cowboy who's a former Union soldier leads a cattle drive into Mexico--now occupied by the French, who are battling Mexican revolutionaries led by Benito Juarez--in exchange for 50 prisoners being held by a former Confederate officer, who once double-crossed him. Written by
Republic's entry is a middling programmer about a personal grudge between a Union sympathizer and a Confederate lieutenant during the American Civil War and Juarez' struggle against Maximillian and the French in Mexico. Rod Cameron and Forrest Tucker are the main adversaries in this western that wastes a very good cast. The film's plot, an obscure historical footnote, is hard to follow and the cattle drives lifted from other westerns give the picture a choppy, unbalanced look. Arleen Whelan and Katy Jurado are very good, especially Whelan as a scheming, flighty and amoral woman. Jurado is smitten with Cameron but the smoldering embers between them somehow seem warmed over because he doesn't appear to be her type. The action is okay but spotty, with the principals mainly battling thirst, Indians and each other. Harry Carey Jr, Bob Steele and Rudy Acosta are solid and do what they can with the material at hand.
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