STANWYCK IS A QUEEN.
She might be an occasionally vicious and evil queen, but that is her right and she will not be denied.
All these characters are breathtakingly complex and compelling. I absolutely should have disliked all of them, but the performances were just so vital and riveting. Many films aspire to this kind of greatness and fall flat on their proverbial noses.
There's a haze and mystique one finds in the Southwest and Anthony Mann captured that ethereal beauty in this film. Such a master.