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Alan Ladd , Jean Arthur, Van Heflin
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Directed by: George Stevens
Written by: A.B. Guthrie Jr from Jack Schaefer's novel

Released: 1953
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 118

A mysterious outsider (Alan Ladd, pictured right with Brandon de Wilde) helps protect a family of homesteaders.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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George Stevens's influential western has a convincing feel for place and period, a splendidly laconic performance from Jack Palance, and a charismatic hero in Alan Ladd (though he does look a bit small to be beating up the baddies quite so easily). At times it is slow and pompous, but it has a mythic grandeur which places it in the top flight of westerns. Loyal Giggs won an Academy Award for his cinematography.

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