A minor, though interesting, American version of a spaghetti western. After completing Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy (A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY), Eastwood returned to America a major world star and appeared in this derivative, but nonetheless intelligent, western directed by the underrated Ted Post (whom Eastwood had worked with and liked in his Rawhide
television days). Eastwood plays an innocent rancher hanged by an angry, nine-man lynch-mob that mistakes him for a murdering rustler. Saved from imminent death by Marshall Dave Bliss (Ben Johnson), who passes by just after the lynch mob has left, Jed Co...