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Clumsy direction and uneven pacing hamper this film, not to mention some uneven performances. Connors was better as Lucas McCain than he is here. And Claude Akins is a bit too over the top. Bill Bixby is the most interesting character, playing a heavy. Gary Merrill is wasted in his small part.
Over all, it may be worth watching just to see all the cameos and bit parts.
For starters, the thumbnail synopsis of the film as posted 9/22/2018 is completely wrong; Connors' character Jonas is not a fortune-hunter, and goes through Hell for a woman who doesn't deserve him. The western doesn't entirely work, but Bill Bixby and Claude Akins provide two of the most twisted baddies ever...
good western told mostly by flashbacks
Solid western with a wonderful cast of veterans. Connors fits the stoic lead character like a glove with the rest of the performers well cast in roles that weren't any stretch for them but which they play well. Joan Blondell and particularly Gloria Grahame are woefully underused. Leading lady Hayes played Kim Hughes on As the World Turns for years. The modern scenes used as a framing device at the beginning and end are superfluous and could have easily been discarded.
I should actually watch some more Chuck Connors because Ride Beyond Vengeance was pretty damn good even if it did have its shortcomings. My biggest problem was actually the structure of this. It's bookended taking place in the 60s telling Connors tale of leaving his wife for 11 years freezing, fly bitten & slaughtering buffalo making $17000 & then being rolled & branded by three thieves & then taking his revenge. There's even a flashback w/in a flashback. It would have been better if the time line remained linear & didn't take place in the 60s @ all. A simple story of vengeance would have suited it better. Bill Bixby is ruthlessly great in this but in it far too little as he's the first to go. Highlighted by a damn fine bar fight in its climax.