Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.
During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.
After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.
In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.
Notorious gunman Quirt Evans is wounded and on the run. He arrives at a Quaker farm owned by Thomas Worth and his family where he collapses from exhaustion. Evans asks Thomas and his daughter Penelope to drive him into town in their wagon in order to send an urgent telegram. The telegram contains a land claim and is sent to the land recorder's office. The Quaker family is ignoring the town doctor's advice to rid themselves of the gunfighter and they compassionately tend to the delirious Evans. Penny Worth becomes intrigued by his ravings of past loves.When Evans regains consciousness, Penny explains to him about the Quaker credo of non-violence and way of life. Three weeks later, two desperadoes, Laredo Stevens and Hondo Jeffries, ride into town looking for Evans.Penny's younger brother, Johnny, rushes home to inform Evans of his visitors and Evans prepares to flee. Penny, now smitten with Evans, offers to run off with him. Upon hearing the sound of approaching horses, Evans grabs his...Written by
Romantic western.Gail Russel is outstanding, Wayne at his best
As this film was not directed by John Ford or Howard Hawks, it is not remembered as one of Wayne's best, but it certainly is. A romantic story about a gunfighter(Wayne ) who falls in love with a Quaker woman (Gail Russel), is almost surrendering himself to domesticity, then has a last go at his old lifestyle. What makes this film so good is the peculiar beauty, charm, and excellent performance of Gail Russel which has an incredible chemistry with Wayne at his best. She falls instantly in love with him when he shows up wounded at her ranch and you can feel it without her saying one word, just by her expression. Harry Carey who used to play cowboys in silent movies is the Marshal, a key character, and also Bruce Cabot(King Kong), who made many B westerns is the bad guy, Laredo.
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