In the small frontier mining town of Warlock, rancher Abe McQuown's gang of cowboy cutthroats terrorize the peaceful community, humiliating the town's legitimate deputy Sheriff and running him out of town. Helpless and in need of protection, the townsfolk hire the renowned town tamer Clay Blaisdell, as unofficial Marshal, to bring law and order to the town. Clay arrives with his good friend and backup Tom Morgan. The two men stand up to the ranch gang and quiet the town. Johnny Gannon, a former member of the ranch gang is bothered by the gang's actions, reforms and takes on the deputy Sherrif job while his brother remains part of the gang. The addition of the official lawman to the mix further complicate matters, leading to an inevitable clash of the cowboys, the townsfolk, the gunslingers and the law.—Nick Riganas
male male relationship, final showdown, quick draw, held at gunpoint, deputy sheriff, judge, fiancee, outlaw gang, hired gun, gunshot wound, homosexual subtext, frontier justice, frontier town, mining town, male female relationship, stagecoach robbery, cold blooded murder, saloon, holster, gun holster
Henry Fonda as a graceful, sardonic and thoroughly efficient free-lance "town tamer" and Anthony Quinn as his devoted but sinister side-kick are the most interesting characters in this solid "adult western."
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