DIRECTOR: NICHOLAS RAY
CAST: JOAN CRAWFORD, STERLING HAYDEN, MERCEDES MCCAMBRIDGE, SCOTT BRADY, WARD BOND, ERNEST BORGNINE, JOHN CARRADINE
SCREENPLAY - PHILIP YORDAN
CINEMATOGRAPHY - HARRY STRADLING SR.
MUSIC - VICTOR YOUNG
FILM EDITING - RICHARD L. VAN ENGER
Ray’s cracking-good, psychologically complex western stars Joan Crawford at her best as a saloon owner trying to protect her friend from the noose wielded by an out-of-control lynch mob, headed up by a diabolical Mercedes McCambridge. Sterling Hayden ably fills out the boots of the title character, who comes to help his former lover ward off the bad guys. This McCarthy-era allegory features stunning color photography and double entendres galore; it’s slowly come to be commonly identified as one of the great American films of the 1950s.