Vinnie Holt, a single woman travelling with her toddler niece, becomes stranded at Rawhide, a desert stagecoach stop managed by stationmaster Sam Todd and his assistant Tom Owens. Owens is quickly impressed by Vinnie's independent self-confidence. Jim Zimmerman, a fugitive murderer from Huntsville Prison disguised as a Deputy, and three other ruthless escapees take over the station, intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment. After murdering Sam, Zimmerman knows they must keep Tom alive in order to complete their plans. Owens does not correct Zimmmerman's assumption that Vinnie is his wife, correctly sensing that the misconception might be the key to her survival as well.Written by
During its run on television during the early 1960s, the film was retitled "Desperate Siege" in order to distinguish it from the Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood television series "Rawhide" (1959). See more »
During the shootout between Tom and Tevis, many more shots were fired from the three guns (Tom-1 and Tevis-2) than bullets (18). Neither reloaded during the sequence. See more »
Although in many ways a typical western it represents the genre very well.
Nice explanation/setup at he beginning of the film with a description of the overland mail. An interesting set of characters and a cast that is really solid across the board. Confined largely to one location it makes great use of the environment and the one set - for which the layout/geography is quite clear.
There are a number of twists and surprises which is nice. The Director Henry Hathaway uses some actual night shots instead of shooting day for night, which often doesn't work. Nice use of sound for the night scenes as well with noise of mules and coyotes providing both atmosphere and a plot point.
Very close to being a great western in my opinion, but it didn't quite grab me emotionally.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this