Today's more sophisticated audiences may find the ending is telegraphed, but this one was unusual for its time. The question Paladin asks is 'what's the difference between justice and murder?' We learn that Paladin is a complex character rather than a shoot 'em, plant 'em gunslinger.
Paladin shows great compassion and humanity in granting the last wish of killer Manfred Holt (Bronson). But can a man change his nature?
In an interview in the book, Richard Boone: A Knight Without Armor In A Savage Land, Peggy Stewart (Sarah Holt) remembers that Bronson spoke more words to her in character than he did in person. In later years Stewart was formally introduced to Bronson by her husband and Bronson said 'hello' to her at last.
The gunfight between the two men is beautifully filmed. The timing is set for them to draw weapons when a drop of water falls from the water pump. The camera angle frames them
Wouldn't a gunfight would have been better arranged without the horses in the background, liable to be struck by stray bullets?
Paladin's Horse: Bay with crooked white blaze and two front white stockings (Curley), playing the part of Rafter
Paladin's Gear: Concha black hat, black Western button down shirt, white tie, black pants, black holster with colt, spurs, regular Western saddle
Forgot To Duck: Shot in the shoulder by Holt
Paladin Shoots: Holt
Paladin Kills: 1
Paladin Disarmed: 2
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