An Anthony Mann western without Anthony Mann. Mann was originally slated to direct this all-star oater, but he walked after voicing strong opinions regarding the quality of the script. Stewart, who was advised to follow Mann to the exit (they had collaborated earlier and come up with one
of their best films, WINCHESTER 73), opted to stay and stick it out (reportedly to show off his musical talent--his character plays the accordion). The resulting film is a fair-to-average western that no one would remember for long. The typical story line sees Stewart as the good brother and
Murphy as the evil one. They cross paths when Stewart is hired to safeguard the railroad de...