During a ride with his new pony Sinoya, the young Clay Gibson by chance finds the secret housing of the multiple murderer Tris Hatten. He reports immediately to Sheriff Adams, who strongly recommends him not to tell anybody about it. Unfortunately Clay talks to his father nevertheless. He believes Adams just wanted fame and reward for himself and accuses him in the newspaper. Thereby he endangers his son, who's now targeted by a killer which Tris' girlfriend Millie hired for revenge.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
How's that, Wade? Hit him every time!
Sheriff Wade Addams:
Well, your marksmanship: not bad; but your speed, not so good. That's because you're wastin' a lot of time slappin' leather. You're wearin' your gunbelt a little too high. That's it, lower it a little. You gotta have your wrist just so it's about touchin' your gun handle. That's about right. Now watch... you watch his eyes, never his hands.
[Addams puts a hole right between the eyes of Tris Hatten's wanted poster]
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One reviewer compared this movie to High Noon. There is no comparison except Black and White screening. Raymond Burr was outstanding among the familiar cast, because he was an accomplished actor who had timing, instinct, and character. Hugh O'Brien is THE classic example of over-acting, as in melodramatic. His always-angry-at-the-world presentation makes watching his acting a chore. He lets his body do the acting - notice how he shifts from left to right and constantly holds his hands over his guns. The man had no sense of timing.
When we were kids our judgement of quality in moviemaking was greatly affected by plush movie houses with big screens, great-tasting popcorn, and blaring sound systems. Going to the movies was a cultural treat, so that all of those B and C grade films were just a lot of fun. Later, when we learned about what makes for quality in filmmaking, or cooking, or teaching, or flying a jet plane, we look back and laugh heartily at our naïveté.
No, this is not a great movie, nor a good movie, but it was very entertaining back in the day when that word had a completely different meaning.
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