Tod and Buz, working as ranch hands in New Mexico, become disgusted with the actions of their employer. The man wants possession of his dead son's baby whether the mother approves of it or ...
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Tod and Buz, working as ranch hands in New Mexico, become disgusted with the actions of their employer. The man wants possession of his dead son's baby whether the mother approves of it or not. The rancher will stop at nothing to get his way and neither will his men-including murder. Written by
That opening panorama of northern New Mexico is a real grabber. There're elements of cowboys and Indians in this offbeat episode. The guys sign on to a cattle ranch run by tyrannical owner Frank Ivy (Dekker). Trouble is Ivy's son has raped and impregnated an Indian girl (Martel) before he died. Now Ivy wants the baby, no matter the human cost. Naturally Buzz and Todd side with the hapless Indian girl.
Dekker brings all his angry gravitas to the role of Ivy. Ivy's look and manner are easy to despise, despite there being some legitimacy to his claim; that is, as long as he stands in line with the other grandparents. This is another episode that draws greatly on unusual staging, this time of a lonely prairie and grimly isolated lodgings. The narrative itself wobbles at times, especially as it focuses on vicious cowboy Roman (Duvall). There's also a rather lordly overlay delivered by Denver Pyle as a mission priest.
All in all, it's an exotic entry, however the storyline is taken.
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