In the turn-of-the century Texas town of Cottownwood Springs, marshal Frank Patch is an old-style lawman in a town determined to become modern. When he kills drunken Luke Mills in self-defense, the town leaders decide it's time for a change. They ask for Patch's resignation, but he refuses on the basis that the town on hiring him had promised him the job for as long as he wanted it. Afraid for the town's future and even more afraid of the fact that Marshal Patch knows all the town's dark secrets, the city fathers decide that old-style violence is the only way to rid themselves of the unwanted lawman.Written by
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The Richard Widmark character is in a relationship with the Lena Horne character: in other words, an interracial relationship. That aspect of things is not a plot point in the movie - she's his girlfriend, and nothing more is said. At the time of the movie's release, this was touted by some involved (Widmark for one) as a sign that society had finally reached the point where such things were no longer a controversy or a big deal, and didn't need to be dealt with as part of the narrative. See more »
When the town council members meet the County Sheriff from the train they walk through the livery stable. As they do so in the top left corner blue/white smoke is rising very similar to that from film arc lights. See more »
Nothing was filmed in Old Tucson, Az. as stated in the filming locations. This the great Universal back lot set. You can't miss the stable used in this & any many other films. Old Tuscon has a completely different look to the streets and church. Look up the filming credits for Old Tucson.
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