Cinema: Frontier Freedom Riders

Duel at Diablo is ostensibly a battle between murderous Apaches and a company of American folk types who are fighting their way with troops, ammunition and supplies from a place called Fort Creel to a place called Fort Concho. Many a sturdy western has sprung to life from such straightforward plans as these, but Director Ralph Nelson and his scenarists clutter up the spectacular Utah scenery with something other than frontier history. Clearly indebted to more current events, Diablo's wagon train carries two kinds of people: bad guys and freedom riders.

A pivotal role is played by Sweden's Bibi Andersson, who...

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