Fair for Its Day: A strange case in its portrayal of Mexicans. One one hand, there is Pancho, who is a none-too-bright peasant. On the other hand, we have Juan, one of the three accused men. Although Juan may or may not be an outlaw on the run, he is presented as the bravest and most mature of the three men.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Vigilantism is a bad thing. The law is there for a reason, and without due process, one cannot know for sure who is guilty and who is actually innocent.