This is an offbeat sequel to the trashy THE CARPETBAGGERS, presenting McQueen as the title character previously played by Alan Ladd, profiling the cowboy's early years. Here, before becoming a cowboy movie star, McQueen spends his time tracking down the killers of his parents, with the
aid of gunsmith and sharpshooter Keith. He finally catches up with villains Kennedy and Landau and dispatches them. Hathaway does a creditable job with the tale and McQueen is outstanding as the incompetent youth who becomes an expert gunman and cowboy. (It is generally agreed that the Nevada
Smith role was originally based on movie cowboy Ken Maynard.) The photography by Ballard is ...