|Directed by||Budd Boetticher|
|Produced by||Albert J. Cohen|
|Written by||Louis Stevens|
|Music by||Joseph Gershenson|
|Cinematography||Charles P. Boyle|
|Edited by||Ted J. Kent|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
After the Civil War, Brothers Dan and Neil Hammond return to Texas and to their parents' ranch. Neil is happy to simply help run the spread, but Dan's ambition is to build an empire, the way ruthless business tycoon Cord Hardin has.
From the moment they meet, Hardin's wife Lorna has romantic designs on Dan. After a series of confrontations between the two men result in Hardin's death, the two become involved. Dan becomes a powerful figure, overseeing a vast enterprise that involves rustling horses and buying up land by taking advantage of lax laws. He corrupts many officials and makes many enemies.
When the marshal of Austin is relieved of duty due to his association with Dan, Neil becomes the law and a violent showdown between the brothers is inevitable.
- Robert Ryan as Dan Hammond
- Julie Adams as Mrs Lorna Hardin (as Julia Adams)
- Rock Hudson as Neil Hammond
- Judith Braun as Sally Eaton
- John McIntire as Ira Hammond
- Raymond Burr as Cord Hardin
- James Arness as Tiny McGilligan
- Dennis Weaver as Dandy Taylor
- Frances Bavier as Martha Hammond
- Tom Powers as Frank Tarleton
- John Hubbard as Sam Hunter
- Rodolfo Acosta as Gen. José Escobar Lopez
- Douglas Fowley as Ed Tompkins
- Walter Reed as Layton
- Raymond Greenleaf as Eli Dodson
- Dan Poore as Cy
- Frank Chase as Borden
- Mae Clarke as Mrs. Jane Tarleton
- "New York Times: Horizons West". NY Times. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
- Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.