Better than average Paladin. He's hired by landowner Dundee to help track down half-breed Ordey who has claims to the same land, has killed two men in the dispute, and has escaped to high mountains. Now Paladin and a mixed group including Ordey's wife are in pursuit.
An interesting entry because everybody is acting on understandable motives. There really are no "bad guys". As Paladin learns more about conflicts among the "posse", he becomes less sure whom to side with. As a result, it's hard to know how the story will end, and though the suspense never reaches an intense level, it maintains throughout.
Good alpine locations lend atmosphere. The performances are mediocre, at best (excepting Boone, of course). And only Ann Barton as Mrs. Ordey makes a strong impression; on the other hand, the familiar Anthony Caruso's Mexican accent sort of comes and goes. Nonetheless, screenwriter Julian Fink has come up with a strong drama of complex characters in conflict.
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