(director: Nathan Juran; screenwriter: story by Jesse Lasky Jr. and Pat Silver/Ken Pettus; cinematographer: Wilkie Cooper; editor: A. Ludski; music: Bruno Nicolai; cast: Telly Savalas (Vince Carden), George Maharis (Pablo Cardenas), Arlene Dahl (Martha Cardenas), Janet Landgard (Kate Mayfield), Joclyn Lane (Luisa Rojas), George Coulouris (Cardenas), Guy Rolfe (Major Tanner); Runtime: 101; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Charles H. Schnee; Sony Pictures Entertainment; 1970)
“An unremarkable Western.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
An unremarkable Western directed in a workmanlike way by the Austrian-born Nathan Juran(“Jack The Giant Killer”/”East of Sudan”/”Tumbleweed”). The muddled screenplay by Ken Pettus is about feuding brothers and a conflict with local Indians.
The older Telly Savalas and George Maharis are brothers, who fought over the love of George’s girlfriend. She was made pregnant by Telly, but has since mysteriously died. George then leaves the Arizona ranch he shares with his married brother. When George returns, he discovers his Indian-hating brother has tried to steal the valuable land of the Apaches and that leads to a bloody war between the town and the Apaches.
The level-headed George puts a halt to the violence, and rides out of town with the sheriff’s daughter (Janet Landgard).
REVIEWED ON 3/31/2016 GRADE: C+