fourth collaboration between stewart/mann that i’ve seen, and the last they ever had. it’s certainly not their best work, but anything they do is pretty top notch so there’s no shame in being less of a film than far country or winchester ’73. i felt that this film left a bit of a loose end in that it didn’t make clear who exactly set up the guns deal to the apaches. i suppose that both vic (arthur kennedy) and dave get their due in the end so it doesn’t really matter, but i felt that it was still unresolved. also, stewart’s sidekick early in the film is sort of ditched and not heard from at some point. these are rather minor points, though.
arthur kennedy plays a similar character to the one he plays in bend in the river, but his transformation in this film is actually a bit more believable. stewart is always great and he’s nothing less than that here.