Two former lawmen (Randolph Scott's ultimate sunset ride and the penultimate for Joel McCrea) are escorting a shipment of gold through the Sierra Nevada; betrayal is just around the corner.
created when the Hollywood studio system was in decline
. Box-office glory didn't happen for this film on its initial 1962 appearance, but modern cinephiles recognize it as an early triumph in the career of Sam Peckinpah
, with some even ranking it higher than The Wild Bunch
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