Taking refuge from a storm in a barn, it’s lust at first sight for Cully and the luscious Lolly Bhumer (Colleen Miller) – but her trigger-happy father (Walter Brennan) soon puts a stop to that. Fate soon brings them back together when Cully and his men find the father and daughter being attacked by a band of renegade apaches. Heroically, Cully sacrifices his escape from the Sheriff’s posse in order to rescue them.
This is former actor Richard Carlson’s second film and his first Western – and perhaps that’s why this adaptation of Louis L’Amour’s novel is so exceptionally original for its genre.
With a terrific supporting cast, including Walter Brennan, John McIntire and Charles Drake, this is a thoughtful and character-driven film. It’s also sumptuously shot – and thanks to the powerful sexual chemistry between Cully and Lolly, it exudes a steamy sensuality you wouldn’t expect to find in a fifties Western!