Nevada has long been regarded as the weakest of Paramount's Zane Grey adaptations of the 1920s, due to the perfunctory direction of John Waters. Actually, the film has a lot going for it, not least of which is the starring performance by Gary Cooper. Coop plays a basically decent gunslinger who's willing to hang up his shootin' irons for the love of rancher's daughter Thelma Todd (in a rare non-comic appearance). But first he must clean out a gang of cattle rustlers, headed by William Powell. The camerawork by C. Edgar Schoenbaum is top-notch, especially in the desert sequences. Truth to tell, however, Nevada would have been far better than it is with a stronger director at the helm. … More
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