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A superb Western film noir, with Mitchum pursued through near-epic landscapes of the mind by the indistinct demons of childhood trauma, and the narrative boldly structured around flashback insights which gradually provide both a key to his identity and the inexorable impetus for a violent catharsis. Walsh's intelligent handling of Oedipal themes here and in White Heat gives the definitive lie to his self-cultured image as merely an adventuresome Hollywood primitive, while the film proves that the late '40s noir sensibility spread way beyond the bounds of the urban crime thriller.

By: PT

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Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Raoul Walsh
Screenwriter: Niven Busch
Cast: Judith Anderson
Alan Hale
John Rodney
Robert Mitchum
Harry Carey Jr
Dean Jagger
Teresa Wright
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