An unusual western that concentrates on the life of cowboys and their rough, tough way of life. Glenn Ford plays the tough, experienced trail boss and Jack Lemmon plays the rookie greenhorn farmer who wants to experience life on the range where, he believes, a lot of money can be made! His story is complicated by his falling for a Mexican girl who is the daughter of a family above his station. Her father naturally discourages the relationship.
The rookie joins forces with the trail boss by virtue of buying his way into a partnership. There follows a series of adventures involving Indians, cattle stampedes, punch-ups and psychological tensions between the cowboys and finally a reconciliation.
The story seems a bit unlikely, although it is apparently based on the real life experiences of Frank Harris in his book, 'My Reminiscences as a Cowboy'. There are some wonderful scenes involving cattle and horses and the cinematography is excellent. The musical score is suitably atmospheric. Generally recommended.