This is the rambling post-Civil War saga of a young girl (Woodward) who survived the horrors of 1860-65 by taking to the mountains and living as a wild child. Once found and cleaned up, the tattered girl, thought to be prepubescent, turns out to be 18 years old. Parson Heflin, a onetime
hell-raiser, has come back to town completely reformed and determined to rebuild the local church and preach love to the defeated Southerners, though he is not above using his fists to pound a point across. Two small bits rate mentioning: Willes makes her stereotypical prostitute character come to
life, and Burr lends the villain his usual hissable intelligence. In the end, Heflin a...