Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers' son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves' wife. It seems many others in town feel they may have reasons to fear Reeves. Calder's aim is to bring Reeves in alive, unharmed. Calder will have to oppose the powerful Rogers on one hand and mob violence on the other, in his quest for justice. Written by
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Did You Know?
Producer Sam Spiegel
brought Lillian Hellman
into the project, but had her script rewritten. He then refused to show her a final cut before the film's release. He was also responsible for signing the then relatively unknown Robert Redford
as Bubber and lighting cameraman Joseph LaShelle
, who replaced Robert Surtees
after he dropped out due to illness. The Academy Award-winning Lashelle and director Arthur Penn
, who was not consulted by Spiegel, did not have a harmonious working relationship, which Penn thought hurt the film. Later, Spiegel did not allow Penn to edit the film himself, which Penn believed ruined the rhythm of the film, which he had wanted to suggest hysteria. The director has disowned the film. Released with great expectations due to all the talent involved, this film proved a critical and financial disappointment and signaled the beginning of the end of Spiegel's success as a film producer. See more
The blood patterns on Calder's shirt are different when he brings Bubber back to gaol as compared to when he left to get him. See more
Well now, Sheriff, it's nice to know that you're out here on patrol.
No, no, I'm not on patrol. Just lookin' for an ice cream cone, that's all.