Cinema: Some Things Never Change

Fort Utah. An Indian moves stealthily among rocks, then drops down on a lone rider. They grapple in a knife-and-death struggle. The scene, portrayed for what must be the millionth time, begins this assembly-line film, which includes almost every other cliche known to Western man. Nearly as old as the plot are the actors. An aging gunfighter (John Ireland), fleeing from his reputation, meets up with a wagon train carrying an aging, golden-haired lady (Virginia Mayo). Soon they are pursued by an aging villain (Scott Brady) and some aging Indians. In the end,...

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