Mann's westerns revitalized the genre in the 1950s because they were derived from classic struggles inspired by such works as the Bible and Shakespeare. His westerns weren't just action-packed chases; they were adult dramas which illustrated the psychological and moral dilemmas regarding
the family, hatred, revenge, the land, and the nature of savagery versus civilization. In addition to being skillfully shot, acted, and scripted, Mann's westerns have an intelligence and a brutal conviction which compares well even with those by John Ford.
Will Lockhart (Stewart) leaves his home in Laramie, Wyoming, on a mission to find the men responsible for selling automatic ...