Well this movie surely was not what I expected. I had in mind cowboys in monochrome with black and white hats. Little did I suspect CinemaScope in the story with depth.
Everybody in town looks up as the streamliner comes to a stop in the town of Blackrock. A stranger John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) steps off the train. Will you be here long asks the porter. Only a day is the reply.
Everybody in town is antagonistic and grills Macreedy. We pretty much seen the formula and immediately realize that the town has something to hide. What is it? Moreover, why are they suspicious of the stranger?
The story is not unique but how it plays out his and we are intrigued in watching the interaction between the men as they try to size each other up. There is a lot of soul-searching in this movie. Will Macreedy uncover the town's secret before they uncover his? And if so will he live to tell?
The only character that is really out of place and I suspect was just placed there because of Hollywood's requirements is Liz Wirth (Anne Francis) that is out of place. This was two years before the movie "Forbidden Planet."
You can see John Sturges' signature in the camera angles and subject matter as it parallels his other movies.Inherit the WindForbidden Planet (Ultimate Collector's Edition)