Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.
Film was screened on May 31, 2013 at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, especially to showcase the acting of star Robert Mitchum and the way director Raoul Walsh displayed the influence of Orson Welles with the movie's "crushing angles and looming close-ups." Made after WWII, the movie dramatizes a veteran's return home--after the Spanish-American War--almost 50 years earlier.
One day I rode up in the butte country...
Jeb: Came straight to this place just like I'd known the way. There was something in my life that ruined that house. That house was myself.
Jeb: I'd seen it a million times before... the fireplace... the trap door...
After Adam is shot, a dummy is used to show his body rolling down the hill. The incline is not great and a stuntman could easily have been used, so the obvious dummy is a jarring note.