Steely-eyed Alan Ladd stars as Jim Bowie, famed inventor of the knife – the “iron mistress” – that bears his name, in this would-be rip-roaring Warner Bros adventure.
Bowie arrives in New Orleans and quickly falls under the spell of Southern beauty Judalon de Bornay (Virginia Mayo). Bowie’s actions in his attempt to win Judalon’s love become the stuff of legend.
There’s a fair bit of romantic padding holding up the action, as Ladd gets rejected by Mayo only to fall for Phyllis Kirk en route to his destiny at the Alamo.
Ladd’s blue eyes were made for Technicolor, and the film is well enough mounted by director Gordon Douglas, but there’s a distinct run-of-the-mill feeling to the tale.
Judalon de Bornay
Ursula de Veramendi
Phillippe de Cabanal
Narcisse de Bornay
“Bloody Jack” Sturdevant