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Jim Slater's father (whom he never knew) died in the Apache ambush at Gila Valley, and Jim is searching for the one survivor, who supposedly went for help but disappeared with a lot of gold. In the process, he gets several people gunning for him, and he keeps meeting liberated woman Karyl Orton, who may be on a similar mission. Renewed Apache hostilities and an impending range war provide complications. Written by
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Director John Sturges hired several hundred Papago Native Americans to play Indians in this film. See more »
Lead Jim Slater gets shot in the shoulder but there is no blood or sign of injury. the woman then does surgery on his shoulder through the shirt. The next day he is waving a rifle around with no ill effects. See more »
There's things a man has to know and has to do, and it's best that he does them alone.
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Donna Reed comes upon Richard Widmark at a place called Gila Valley where five men were massacred by Indians and one man escaped with $60,000.00. Three of the five men were identified, but none of the deceased is either Widmark's father or Reed's husband. Of course both are hunting for their respective relations.
The search yields some truths that neither one is willing to face up to. But both seek and find support and comfort in the other.
Backlash as a previous reviewer remarked is almost like a detective story set in the west. John Sturges gets some find performances out of his cast.
The two who stand out and steal the film from the stars are William Campbell as a punk gunfighter and John McIntire as the amoral outlaw leader in whose hands Widmark and Reed fall into at the end of their odyssey.
No studio backlots for this western, good location photography and a very nice plot distinguish this film. Catch it the next time AMC runs it.
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