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-- Flat version of Owen Wister's novel in which the title ranch foreman (Joel McCrea) hangs a long-time friend (Sonny Tufts) caught with a band of rustlers, then shoots it out with their escaped leader (Brian Donlevy) on the streets of a cattle town. Directed by Stuart Gilmore, the plot unfolds in rather bland fashion, with little depth to the characters, especially the new schoolmarm from the East (Barbara Britton) whose role proves little more than a device. Frontier violence, including a lynching, and romantic complications. (A-I) (br)
These movies have been evaluated for artistic merit and moral suitability by the media reviewing division of Catholic News Service. The reviews include the CNS rating, the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and a brief synopsis of the movie.
The classifications are as follows:
A-I -- general patronage;
A-II -- adults and adolescents;
A-III -- adults;
L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. L replaces the previous classification, A-IV.
O -- morally offensive.
Note: Some movies previously were designated A-IV. Older films with this classification should be regarded as classified L.