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Robert D. Webb
Joe Mundy is being released from prison and an old convict, whom he has befriended, tells him the location of a stolen cache of gold. Leaving the prison, Joe is followed to Glendale, Arizona by Little Brother Williams. There Joe meets Henrietta Clifford, a waitress, who befriends him after he is badly beaten by Williams. Marshal Hannibal questions Joe, who is unable to identify his assailant. At the boarding house where Henrietta is staying, Joe meets Mrs. Williams and her sons, Little Brother and Clem. Mrs. Williams' husband had participated in the gold robbery but had been killed before he could reveal the location of the cache. Joe also encounters Uncle George, Mrs. Williams' eccentric brother. Joe and Henrietta leave town to find the gold and are followed by the marshal. The two come to a road where they find Mrs. Williams, her sons and Uncle George waiting for them with a shotgun, and order them to proceed to the gold. (But not before Joe is beaten up by Little Brother for the ... Written by
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This movie has a compelling atmosphere which starts in the first scene of revelation in prison and continues to the very end. There is an undercurrent of excitement created I think by our own longing for riches. We're cheering for the little man to make good in the end. As it turns out, he is finally redeemed in an unusual manner. The strength of this film lies in its strong supporting cast of 'villains', particularly Walter Brennan as the crazy uncle and Ruth Donnelly as the mother only a crook could love. Cinemascope photography is another big plus. There is great use of the widescreen to add tension to group scenes. A snapshot of rural America in the 1950's and perhaps a lingering remnant of the noir genre.
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