The screenplay was written by Burt Kennedy based upon the western novel WHO RIDES WITH WYATT? by Will Henry (or Clay Fisher, real name Henry Wilson Allen). Movie was also released under the title Who Rides With Kane? The theme song is sung by Robert Mitchum before, and after the movie.
The plot is fairly straight forward, lawman (Ben Kane) seeks revenge against man (Frank Boone) who killed his son (son is played by Christopher Mitchum). Being appointed marshal of Lordsburg puts the killer within the lawman's reach. Plot though differing from Will Henry's book will hold the viewer's attention, although we have seen similar plots in other movies, yet with the cast of this movie everything seems to work. I received more enjoyment in watching this western than I expected.
The cast as mentioned beyond Mitchum, Dickinson, and Walker, Jr. includes: David Carradine, Jack Kelly, John Anderson, Rodopho Acosta, Parley Baer, and Paul Fix, among others. It was also exceedingly good to see 'Maverick' Jack Kelly once again in a movie and he played the black hat to its fullest.
The location of filming will be apparent to most western buffs, Old Tucson, Kinney Road, Arizona. Down through the years how many westerns one wonders have been filmed in that location, probably equalled or exceeded only by Lone Pine, California.
Most reviews will allow only a couple stars for this movie, yet with everything working as smoothly as it does, plus the boatload of veteran actors, I give it 4 stars. Having several dozen books by Will Henry/Clay Fisher on the shelf, I enjoyed it very much, a movie to watch again. Almost as good as YELLOWSTONE KELLY, but not quite.