The early short stories of Ernest Hemingway, representing some of his finest writing, centered upon his own youth, translated into the character of Nick Adams. Many of these ebullient vignettes were put together to form this often stirring, exciting film with Beymer as the wide-eyed,
curious youth who begins his escapades in rural Michigan, hitting the open road to New York and some vague awaiting fame. The richness of the script is abetted by the arresting characters surrounding Beymer who make him look much better than his often wooden portrayal would have done on its own:
Dailey as a drunken advance man for a cooch show for whom Beymer briefly works; promoter Cl...