Budd Boetticher summed up the Western formula like this: ''A man has a job to do, or a couple of men. They try to do it against tremendous odds. They do it.''
This is a film only a master could make. It cuts right to the point of story and dialogue and does away with everything else. It is an admirable piece of work.
There are dated elements. It was hard to stomach the attitude towards women or Native Americans (actors in redface). It was particularly hard watching this now, after White Nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville underscored the root of this mythical American figure: anxious, inflexible, laconic, hardened, and always, *always* right about everything.
Some quotes that stuck out for…