Filmed in 1967 but not broadcast until 1970. See more »
After Sam Garrison (Don Murray) has been knocked to the floor of the general store, then splashed with mud and rendered filthy, he appears in a clean outfit and completely clean face. See more »
Shelly Novack steals the show
This is an interesting film for many reasons; a good script, and although some of the characters are familiar the story angle is unusual; the hero is an insecure man who isn't sure he's still "got it". There's also a terrific cast of veteran performers (as well as one superstar-to-be), but surprisingly the acting honours (in my opinion, anyway) go to a lesser-known, the late Shelly Novack. Very simply stated, Novack steals the show as the cocky gunslinger, "Pardo". This type of character - the strutting young gunfighter who's always trying to provoke authority figures into fights - is almost a western stereotype, but Novack makes it seem fresh and vital, and gives much propulsion to the story as it unfolds.
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