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A bounty hunter escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man's outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder.

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A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely. However, the Indian attacks persist, the outlaws plan to take Billy for themselves, tempted by the offer of amnesty for his captor, and Billy's brother Frank is in hot pursuit to rescue him. But Brigade has plans of his own ... Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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15 February 1959 (USA)  »

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Screenwriter Burt Kennedy's line spoken by Pernell Roberts, "There are some things a man just can't ride around," is an echo of a virtually identical line used by Scott in "The Tall T,' another entry in the Scott/Brown/Boetticher series. See more »

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Bra straps are seen through Mrs Lane's shirt when Brigade tries to negotiate with the Indian, and in a later scene at the abandoned corrals. See more »

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Frank: [on horseback, in the distance, watching Brigade preparing to hang his brother, Billy] It's me you're after, Brigade. You've got no quarrel with Billy.
Ben Brigade: [referring to his wife, murdered by Frank years ago] What quarrel did you have with her?
Frank: ...That was so long ago, I'd almost forgot.
Ben Brigade: A man can do that.
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There are some things a man just can't ride around.
5 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I decided to take a break from Jodorowsky and cleanse my palate with a trip down memory lane. What better way to reminisce than the Columbia years of Randolph Scott.

Before all the electronics and 500 station TVs, there was my childhood. Three station and Saturday mornings filled with cartoons, Sky King, The Lone Ranger and Randolph Scott. I was always amazed how Scott could be on the top of a moving train in a fight with an outlaw and never lose his hat.

But, there were no fights in this film. This was the mature Scott under the direction of Budd Boetticher. They made seven films together, and they are some of the finest westerns made.

In this film Scott (Ben Brigade) plays a bounty hunter who is bringing in Bill John (James Best).

Bill John: I don't know how much they're paying you to bring me in, but it ain't enough. Not near enough.

Ben Brigade: I'd hunt you for free.

That exchange is a portent of what is to come.

Along the way they are joined by Pernell Roberts, who made his claim to fame on "Bonanza" and "Trapper John, M.D."; James Coburn (In Like Flint, Our Man Flint, Affliction), and Karen Steele.

Now, Karen Steele may be one of the most beautiful actresses to work on film, but I have to comment on her bra. It may have been the fashion in the 50's, but that thing looked like a weapon to me. I mean to say that it hit you six inches before she arrived. A man could be seriously injured before he was able to hug her.

Roberts and Coburn were hoping to take Bill John away from Scott and trade him for amnesty. They are willing to kill him for the chance to start life over and they tell him so.

Sam Boone: Man gets halfway, he oughta have somethin' of his own, something to belong to, be proud of.

Ben Brigade: They say that.

Sam Boone: I got me a place. Gonna run beef, work the ground, be able to walk down the street like anybody. All I need is Billy.

Ben Brigade: I set out to take him to Santa Cruz. I full intend to do it.

Sam Boone: Well, I just wanted you to know how it was. Way I look at it, ain't near as hard for a man if he knows why he's gonna die.

But, Brigade never intends to go to Santa Cruz, and we meet the last character in the film, Billy John's brother, Frank (Lee Van Cleef). It seems that Billy John was just bait, and Brigade has a long festering hurt that had to be healed. That led to a great ending, where everybody leaves satisfied.


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