Blake Edwards was the eminence grise
behind this farce; it might have been better if he had come forth and taken an active role, rather than just oversee matters. Some good laughs, adult dialog, and lots of action in an attempt to capture the same audience that flocked to see CAT BALLOU.
It's 1888 or so and Akins, a renegade cavalry sergeant, robs a fortune in gold from his Army post. His chief aide is scowling Carey, and they are also toting a reluctant hostage, Davis. The bullion is interred in a waterhole in the midst of a vast desert and duly marked on a map. Later, Coburn
arrives on the scene. He's the hero, but just barely, as he doesn't mind cheating ...