In Praise of Simple Cinema
This film has absolutely no other pretentions other than to be a colourful B-Movie Western, and with Harry Keller's sharp directions it succeeds. Mala Powers is a child brought up by Native Americans, after a raid on a wagon train. She grows up thinking she is was born there, and in another killing she loses her adopted family. The film sensitively handles this, and also her seeking revenge for their deaths. What happens next I will not disclose, but Mala Powers is exceptionally good as Rose. I am partly reviewing this film because of her; a great and very beautiful actor who was in many other not so well known films well worth tracking down, especially 'Outrage' directed by Ida Lupino. She always acted with both a solid presence, and was an intelligent actor to watch. In this film she is given a role which makes the male actors look meek beside her, except Bill Williams as one of the killers she tracks down. Sadly the copy I saw was in poor shape, and deserves if possible a full restoration, and 'Natural Colour' in which it was filmed could also have been better. Well worth just over an hour of the sort of cinema long since past; the double bill which brought pleasure to so many.
- Oct 25, 2021
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