Obviously meant to cash in on the success of True Grit - the Wayne vehicle that won him a sentimental Oscar - this pairing of two Hollywood veterans is forced to rely totally on their performances and personalities, in the absence of any other interesting features. Wayne repeats his role as the ornery ol' crittur of a marshal, teaming up with the Bible-pounding spinster Hepburn in an attempt to bring her father's killers to justice. Like The African Queen (to which it bears a strong resemblance), and to a lesser extent On Golden Pond, it's the sort of film whose raison d'être consists in manipulating an audience's familiar sympathies with its ageing stars. In this case, however, it fails dismally.
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