Stewart, who had by 1953 appeared in three Mann-directed westerns (WINCHESTER '73, BEND OF THE RIVER, and THE NAKED SPUR), heads for the Louisiana coastal town of Port Felicity in this vibrantly colored wide-screen adventure tale. Stewart and Duryea team up as a pair of daring oil riggers
who are convinced there is "black gold" at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The wealthy Flippen decides to gamble on their hunch and financially supports Stewart's construction of a stormproof oil platform. The Port Felicity villagers are far less enthusiastic about Stewart and Duryea's venture.
The town relies on shrimp fishing and the local fishermen are already in the midst of...