After the success of such seamy, Faulkner-based films as THE LONG HOT SUMMER (1958), and THE SOUND AND THE FURY (1959), Fox produced this film which emulates the sex, murder, deceit, and seediness of the earlier films, but has none of the depth of the Faulkner-based material. Scott plays
a lowly farmer who returns to his home town after having served a six-year sentence in a chain gang for a crime he didn't commit. He goes to the home of wealthy politician Burr to collect his due. It seems that Scott was having an affair with Burr's daughter Hyer six years ago, and when Hyer
accidentally killed her 4-year-old brother, Burr talked Scott into taking the rap for her. ...