Allan Dwan must have done every genre in every era during his absurdly long career. At the tail end, he tried a new one: Noir Western in Color. A taunt 87 minutes merges the Western tropes (imagistic panoramas, run-for-the-border) with Noir (snappy dialogue, poor decision-making).
The adventure plot offers no suspense. The poster is the spoiler, and the Deus ex máquina (thanks to a Mexican truck) is a lazy way to create a spectacular money-fluttering finale, which one-ups The Killing. All the suspense — and the reason the film is so compelling — comes from friction created by the constant psychological oscillation along the legs of their love triangle.
This would be fun to remake with Jude Law, Kirsten Dunst, and Jessie Plemmons
“I can’t believe your a natural-born fool. You must have trained for it.”
“What’s in the bag?” “A change of underwear.” “You must have problems.”