This isn't your run-of-the-mill Western of the era. John Wayne's performance is wonderful as a confident, strong, educated Pharmacist! Something totally different! Unfortunately the public of the time didn't give him a chance to explore the depths of his acting abilities. They wanted the big, macho shhoot-em-up guy they'd been seeing in all those B Westerns. What a shame! This is a gem of a film! Great cast and lots of fun. There is plenty of action and gun play but also a hero with a brain! Duke was able to pay tribute to his Dad who was a Pharmacist in this well done film. Give it a view!