Why Hollywood insists on remaking classics will always be a puzzle. John Ford's 1939 version of the Haycox story was a genuine western classic; this remake is a genuine western omelette. Only the presence of Crosby, in his last acting job in films, saves the movie from being a total mess.
The original was made for about a half million and ranks as one of Ford's best pictures; this version pales by comparison. Following an Indian rampage, a stagecoach takes off from a small town. Aboard are Ann-Margret, a dance hall "hostess" who has been asked to leave town by the local Army
officer; Crosby, a drunken doctor whose face hasn't seen a razor for a spell and who hasn't...