Fugitive bank robber Joe Maybe steals the identity of a marshal and rides into a town whose judge asks Joe to act as town marshal but an old flame almost betrays his real identity forcing Joe to claim she's his wife.
Murphy goes after bad guys who shot his friend the sheriff and abducted a local girl. In a plot reminiscent of High Noon, the posse of town blowhards gradually abandons Murphy; only tenderfoot banker Saxon remains, to prove his manhood. When they find the girl, obviously abused by her captors, Murphy shows her acceptance and sympathy whereas the others disply only revulsion.Written by
Universal's music director, Joseph Gershenson, reused the music scores from This Island Earth (1955) and It Came from Outer Space (1953) in this picture's music score, much to the chagrin of the original uncredited composers Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein, Henry Mancini, and Irving Gertz. By 1961, they were all out of their old 1950s Universal Studios contracts, and only heard about this when they got notices in the mail from the Musicians' Union. They would have appreciated checks in the mail even more, but there were none, since their old contracts considered all their studio work as 'works for hire' and this precluded them from getting any further royalties from their work. Universal continued this practice until a lawsuit from the Musicians' Union stopped it in 1966. See more »
The direction Audie Murphy is directed is "North" but shadows make this unlikely if not impossible. See more »
This western starts with the bad guys, among them Lee Van Cleef invading a town named Paradise and by taking hostages managing to rob the bank, even though they are in minority. Vic Morrow is the cruel Crip, who seems to be the leader. They leave town taking a woman, Helen (Zohra Lampert). Audie Murphy is Cole, who will lead the posse. The best thing about the film are the action scenes. Perhaps because Murphy was a war hero, his performance in a shootout seems more real than what we are used to see. John Saxon is Kern, a New Yorker who is working for the bank and which is sent along in order to see that the money gets back. He hates the West and never rode a horse before, so part of the fun of the film is seeing how he will deal with his task.
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