Fuller uses effective close-ups in this stylish western, giving a fresh psychological twist to familiar narrative ground.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
While Preston Foster and Barbara Britton carry star roles, it's John Ireland, as the notorious Bob Ford, who dominates the story.
The focus of this delightfully perverse character study Western is not on Jesse James, but on Bob Ford being a man cursed by his infamy as a Judas figure.
| Original Score: A-
Fuller points out the absurdity of the entire concept of modern myth-making, and kicks off the grand tradition of subversive neo-Westerns.
| Original Score: 8/10
As such, more a psychological drama (emphasised by the use of close-up) than a Western, and a highly original film.
Fuller goes deeper into his protagonist's tortured psyche, uncovering a sublimated sense of love that only finds expression as climax to his death rattle.
A commonplace movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
Interesting mainly because it's Samuel Fuller's first film, showing off a few of his trademark touches -- but not enough to make the movie stand on its own.
| Original Score: 2.5/5