Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go too far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's.
In effect, modern cow town Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler, owner of the Golden Empire Ranch. One night, two of Virgil's henchmen go a little too far and beat a "bracero" ranch hand to death. Faced with an obvious cover-up and opposition on every hand, sheriff Ben Sadler is goaded into investigating. His unlikely ally: Renchler's lovely, self-willed and overprotected daughter. Will Ben survive Renchler's wrath?Written by
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The role of Virgil Renchler was originally supposed to be played by Robert Middleton. The William Morris Agency instead suggested Orson Welles, who badly needed money to pay income taxes he owned to the Internal Revenue Service. See more »
There is a phone line from the front gate to the main house, a distance of four miles. There are no poles and wires. See more »
You're making a mistake, Ben!
Look, in this office I'm the judge of that, and let's not forget that!
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its basic virtue - honesty. it is a correct film, in moralistic skin, with western nuances but more than a story about fight between good and bad. its great chance - a smart script, almost courageous, an exceptional cast - the duel between Orson Welles , master of so many nuances of his role, and Jeff Chandler is realistic, the tension of scenes is real gem and the references to ordinary reality represents perfect catch for each viewer. its definition - measure. art to reflect a face of America with universal resonance. and this is cause , one of them, for who it is more than a nice old movie. far to be moralistic, it is a beautiful story about values and their soul - pure courage of a Medieval hero in the womb of a small town reality. and, for a viewer from East Europe, the year of film production is interesting remember about Cold War atmosphere. like a not great significant detail.
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