When it came to playing tough, cynical dames, few actresses could equal Barbara Stanwyck, who hit her peak as Arizona ranch owner Jessica Drummond in this delirious Western from director Sam Fuller.
The set up is nothing new; Cattle-queen Jessica has the sheriff in her pocket, and her small ‘army’ of 40 gunfighters terrorise the townsfolk until a visiting marshal (Barry Sullivan) restores order.
Jessica becomes smitten with the new lawman, all the while he has eyes for attractive young female gunsmith, Louvenia Spanger (Eve Brent).
Stanwyck insisted on doing her own stunts, including being dragged along the ground for a hundred yards behind a horse.
Sheriff Ned Logan
Marshal John Chisum