John Ford attempts to make an adult western with this film, which seems to fall between the cracks; it's too grown-up for the children's audience and much too simplistic to be deemed a psychological film. There are attempts at comedy that barely induce a smile, and the picture winds up
yawnable, one of Ford's very few bores. Gorgeous scenery and a fine acting job by Stewart in an unaccustomed semivillain role don't overcome the lackluster production overseen by TV veteran Shpetner. Stewart, a corrupt sheriff in a small town, spends most of his time seated on the verandah of the
saloon run by Annelle Hayes collecting a 10 percent tithe on illicit goings-on in the vi...