From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
This was the second-to-last of the 65 films directed by Hathaway.
Clay Lomax gets out of prison after serving nearly eight years. He goes looking for Sam Foley, a bank robber who shot Lomax in the back and left him to take the rap.
Foley has a number of hired guns, Bobby Jay Jones being the fastest and most vicious. Lomax offers an old friend, Trooper, all the money he has in the world, $200, for the name of the town where Foley can be found.
A woman named Teresa Ortega has been keeping Lomax's money for him, so he sends for her. When the train arrives, a girl of age 6 called Decky gets off. Lomax learns that Teresa is dead and believes Decky could be his own child.
He can't find anyone to look out for her, so Decky accompanies him on the search. Trooper is killed, but with his dying words reveal that Gun Hill is where Lomax needs to go.
A woman named Juliana offers shelter to Lomax and the little girl. Jones and his men arrive and take them prisoner. To amuse himself, Jones shoots objects, ala William Tell, off the child's head.
When the men leave, Jones turns on his partners and kills them. Jones goes to Foley for his money, wanting it all. Foley draws a gun from the safe but Jones is too quick and shoots him.
Jones is enjoying his money when Lomax gets the drop on him. Lomax forces him to place various objects on his head and shoots them off.
In the end, he makes Jones prove just how fast he is supposed to be. Jones is forced to place a cartridge atop his head. He must grab it, load and outdraw Lomax to survive, but can't and he is shot dead. A relieved Lomax rides back to Juliana and Decky to begin a new life.
- Gregory Peck as Clay Lomax
- Patricia Quinn as Juliana Farrell
- Robert F. Lyons as Bobby Jay Jones
- Susan Tyrrell as Alma
- James Gregory as Foley
- Jeff Corey as Trooper
- Dawn Lyn as Decky Ortega