Retired, wealthy sea Captain James McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is spoiled, selfish and controlled by her wealthy father, Major Henry Terrill. The Major is involved in a ruthless land war, over watering rights for cattle, with a rough hewn clan led by Rufus Hannassey. The land in question is owned by Julie Maragon and both Terrill and Hannassey want it.
revisionist western, rancher, family feud, utah, based on book, gun battle, violence, showdown, shootout, gunfight, romantic triangle, ambush, winchester rifle, repeating rifle, lust, female removes her clothes, pistol duel, musket, flintlock pistol, damsel in distress
Burl Ives is fantastic as one of the feuding family heads - a truly great performance. Charlton Heston took his shirt off and took my breath away! Jean Simmons just plausible as a ranch and water owner and Gregory Peck a fine leading man. Spectacular scenery and great direction from Wyler