Crown City is a played-out mining town. Just a few yards away across the river there are vast reserves of gold but it lies in Ute Indian territory and it will take a brave man to incur the wrath of the tribe’s chief Ouray.
This very average Audie Murphy western is somewhat redeemed by nice 1950s Technicolor and a very short running time (74 minutes, including titles).
The plot – about how deceitful whites stole gold from native Americans – deserves a better treatment, but the baby-faced Murphy, a former war hero, makes a sympathetic leading man.
There’s good work, too, from snarling villain Lyle Bettger, grizzled Walter Brennan as Audie’s dad, and especially Hugh O’Brian, here beginning to show signs of star quality (He later played Wyatt Earp on television.)
Elsewhere, Lisa Gaye and Mara Corday are splendid period wenches.
George D Wallace