One of Anthony Mann's inspired collaborations with James Stewart (1950). Here, Stewart wins the highly prized weapon of the title in a shooting contest, and uses it to track down the man (Stephen McNally) who killed his father. Mann pursues his revenge theme with Elizabethan fury, developing the neurotic, driven element in Stewart's screen persona. The final shoot-out remains a classic study in mise-en-scene, as Mann transforms a jagged landscape into a highly charged psychological battleground. With Shelley Winters, Millard Mitchell, and, in bits, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis.
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