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« : November 27, 2014, 11:28:26 AM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043469/


Apart from reading afterwards this was the first movie they used the Wilhelm scream in, and being one of the few ''Florida Ws'', this Gary Cooper - Raoul Walsh teaming is nothing to write home about. Everything seems superfluous and uninspired. Some scenes are interesting mostly cause the natural background is unusual for a W, but that's it. Most of the battle scenes - especially the final one in water - are plain bad. It's like Gary-Coop-in-a-wannabeW-meets-lowbudget-PiratesotCaribbean.



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« #1 : November 27, 2014, 11:38:34 AM »

Not even Arthur Hunnicutt make it any better. :o




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« #2 : November 27, 2014, 12:06:16 PM »

Cannot agree.

Simple, but quite effective western with good action scenes and atmosphere, which belongs to Walsh's better ones.

It was only after this film that Walsh began to decline.


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« #3 : December 03, 2019, 11:30:27 AM »

The plot is too repetitive which wears out its welcome by act III, but the exotic locale and Cooper gives this a bump up from being completely forgettable, same with Walsh's direction. The screenplay isn't much to write home about but it's certainly a competently crafted movie. I'd only revisit this if it played on a big screen. C



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