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Returning from the civil war Jim Slade discovers his parents dead at their farm. It is said that the gang under the lead of Corbett has committed the crime. Jim now goes for revenge but things turn out to be more complicated than he originally thought. To get some money he accepts the job as a sheriff. Written by
Peter Lee Lawrence seeks revenge for his parents' murders and ends up protecting Galveston from bank robbery
It's shortly after 1865 and Galveston is a typical tiny western town. Peter Lee Lawrence finds his way there in pursuit of a gang that murdered his parents. He's already killed three of them and now he's tracked down the fourth, Piero Lulli. Lulli leads a large gang planning to rob a large payroll when it arrives, so Lawrence has to bide his time. He winds up allying with a gunslinging preacher, John Ireland.
Before long, there's double crossing and triple crossing going on. There are plots, and these make the story interesting.
The picture maintains tension, has decent Morricone-like music, and introduces quirkiness in its characters too.
The overall result is a spaghetti western that's well down in the pack, as there were hundreds made; but it still provides decent entertainment if one is not too demanding. For a man who is not very big, Lawrence projects his steely determination very well in his eyes and carriage. One might think of Audie Murphy. John Ireland is a strong screen attraction and has a substantial role. Lulli's part is not as fleshed out as it might have been, but he handles what there is well. The script includes a weird side issue of the town housing some lunatics who escape and go on a rampage. Saloon girls are kept to a minimum in this one but are not entirely absent. There is a quirky old man who is the funeral director.
The film looks good in its widescreen print. Scenery is quite good and the camera takes it in nicely. I always enjoy the western landscapes in these movies.
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