1958 theatrical poster
|Directed by||Phil Karlson|
|Produced by||Fred Kohlmar|
|Written by||Ric Hardman|
|Screenplay by||Frank S. Nugent|
|Music by||George Duning|
|Cinematography||Charles Lawton Jr.|
|Edited by||Jerome Thoms|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Davy Hackett (James Darren) and his hot-tempered, arrogant older brother Ed (Tab Hunter) are about to assist their rancher father Lee (Van Heflin) on a cattle drive to Wyoming. The brothers meet Cecily "Clee" Chouard (Kathryn Grant), a beautiful half-French, half-Sioux woman, and when Ed makes unwanted advances toward her, Davy intervenes.
Clee's brother Paul (Bert Convy) is invited to join the cattle drive. Ed, obsessed with capturing a white mare, resents Paul's interference and pushes him off a cliff to his death. It is witnessed by two Indians, but when the case comes to court, Ed is released because Lee has bribed a man named Sieverts (Ray Teal) to lie that the death was an accident. Lee learns that Davy is in love with Clee and disowns him.
Sieverts is given 10 horses in exchange, but when he selects the white mare, Ed shoots him. Jailed once again, Ed shoots a deputy and escapes. Lee hunts down his own son and kills him, then leads Davy and Clee back to the ranch.
- Van Heflin as Lee Hackett
- Tab Hunter as Ed Hackett
- Kathryn Grant as Clee Chouard
- James Darren as Davy Hackett
- Mickey Shaughnessy as Deputy Sheriff Will Motely
- Robert F. Simon as Sheriff Harry Brill
- Edward Platt as Purcell Avery
- Ray Teal as Jensen Sieverts
- Paul Birch as Bob Selkirk, Lee's caretaker
- Will Wright as Judge
- Bert Convy as Paul Chouard (uncredited)
- Chief Blue Eagle as Black Horse, Indian (uncredited)
- Paul Bryar as Saloon bartender (uncredited)
- Harry Antrim as Doctor (uncredited)
- Everett Glass as Rev. Arthur Stotheby (uncredited)
- Dorothy Adams as Martha Stotheby (uncredited)
Ric Hardman wrote the original script and it was adapted by Frank Nugent. Van Heflin signed to star in August 1957. Rudolph Mate was originally meant to be the director but he dropped out. Tab Hunter was borrowed from Warner Bros.
Director Phil Karlson says the film reduced Columbia studio head Harry Cohn to tears. "He had two sons and this was a story about a father and two sons. He identified completely."
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- Todd McCarthy and Richard Thompson. “Phil Karlson: Interview, November 19, 1973” Kings of the Bs; Working Within the Hollywood System, eds. Todd McCarthy and Charles Flynn (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1975), pp. 327-345. Rpt. Cine Resort, Oct. 7 2014