Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 22, 1951

Dallas (Warner) as pictured in this high-budget western, is a culturally aspiring town without indoor plumbing, Nieman-Marcus or much law & order. It makes a backdrop for a story about ex-Confederate Colonel Gary Cooper's revenge against the carpetbaggers (Raymond Massey, Steve Cochran) who razed his Georgia home and are busily raising the devil in Texas.

Yankee depredations have forced Cooper to become an outlaw, at least in the eyes of the scoundrels who administer justice. Out of a gunpoint encounter, he strikes up a friendship with an upright dude (Leif Erickson) from Boston who has become a U.S. marshal in Dallas. Cooper...

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