After a card shark is caught cheating, he is taken out and lynched by the drunkards he was playing against. Soon afterwards, the men who were in the lynch mob start being murdered, one after another; all by hanging, strangling, or smothering. Who will be killed next and who is responsible? Is it one of the original party seeking to cover their accursed deed, or perhaps the mysterious Rev. Jonathan Rudd, who has recently arrived in town?Written by
The musical score was at times interesting, at times odd and out of place. Martin and Mitchum are fun to watch. McDowell as the villain is not the best casting choice, but he does have a sniveling quality that works. It was one of the last westerns with a polished, studio look; at that time, westerns were beginning to take on a gritty, rough-around-the-edges, contemporary feel. Denver Pyle is always a welcome ingredient in any western. The plot is interesting: Who will be the last man standing? Some of the scenes were staged poorly, but some of the dialogue was snappy. There were a few leaps of logic, but I was impressed that ammunition was referred to correctly as "cartridges," not as "bullets."
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