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FULL SYNOPSIS

Cult hero Samuel Fuller wrote and directed this visually inventive western, which didn't fare well with American audiences but earned a potent reputation with European cineastes. Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) is a despotic landowner who, with a posse of hired guns, has made herself the law of Cochise County, Arizona, with the weak-willed sheriff Ned Logan (Dean Jagger) knuckling under to her demands. One day, Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan), a one-time gunfighter turned United States Marshall, arrives with his brothers Wes (Gene Barry) and Chico (Robert Dix) to restore democratic law and order to Cochise County. Griff soon tangles with Drummond's brother Brockie (John Ericson), though Jessica is attracted to the new lawman, and Griff finds love with female gunsmith Louvenia Spangler (Eve Brent). Griff and Louvenia marry, but on their wedding day, Brockie murders Wes, and Griff, who takes pride in the fact that he has never fired his gun since becoming a marshal, must now break his vow of non-violence. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Jessica Drummond
Barry Sullivan
as Griff Bonnell
Dean Jagger
as Ned Logan
John Ericson
as Brockie Drummond
Gene Barry
as Wes Bonnell
Eve Brent
as Louvenia Spangler
Robert Dix
as Chico Bonnell
Eddie Parks
as Sexton
Sandra Wirth
as Chico's Girl
Paul Dubov
as Judge Macey
Gerald Milton
as Shotgun Spangler
Ziva Rodann
as Rio
Hank Worden
as John Chisum
Neyle Morrow
as Wiley
Chuck Roberson
as Howard Swain
Gerald Milton
as Shotgun Spangler
Neyle Morrow
as Wiley
Sandra Wirth
as Chico's Girl
Hank Worden
as John Chisum
Ziva Rodann
as Rio
Paul Dubov
as Judge Macey
Eddie Parks
as Sexton

Crew

Samuel Fuller
Director
Samuel Fuller
Producer
Samuel Fuller
Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc
Cinematographer
Victor Young
Featured Music
Harold Adamson
Songwriter
Gene Fowler, Jr.
Editor
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
Linwood G. Dunn
Special Effects
Norman Breedlove
Special Effects
William Magginetti
Production Manager
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