Great film from Delmer Daves! Glenn Ford is an excellent casting choice in this timeless Western.
Said by several movie critics that it works partially like a play from a Shakespeare play called "Othello" even though it's originally adapted from a novel written by Paul Wellman. The movie stars Glenn Ford coincidently getting picked up while passed out lying on the ground by a person who happens to be passing through while riding a wagon by cattle owner Shep Horgan played by film veteran Ernest Borgnine. Anyways, as he's hanging around in a cabin it is soon revealed that he used to work as a sheep man and gets scolded by other worker Pinky (Rod Steiger) setting the stage for tension and for total control. Theirs also a woman involved in this set up as well who happens to be the wife of the cattle owner her name is Naomi (Felicia Farr) but does not seem to be in love with the person she is married to.
I have to say while I was watching this, the movie didn't remind me of "Othello" but two previous movies also starring Glenn Ford,. From the movie's point-of-view, this film reminded me of "Gilda" because it too was also that film which the male star refuses intimate advances from the owners wife which almost works in the same manner as the character played by Rita Hayworth and the other movie is another Western movie called "Sheepman". I just thought much of the third act was predictable which was the reason why it deserves just a pass.
2.5 out of 4 stars
The cinematography and locations are quite beautiful to look at as the mountains and ranges are shot in technicolour and on location. Director Delmer Daves does a great job of showing us through the camera the countryside and environment without flaunting it so to speak. It merely inhabits part of the frame a good portion of the time which almost works in favour as sometimes less is more.
The love triangle type Western tale is entertaining and beautifully photographed which makes it a cut above in terms of a classic Western revenge tale as this story delves further into character than on the surface dirt and tumbleweeds.
Great if youlije Westerns !