One of the best of the Randolph Scott-Budd Boetticher B westerns (1957), in which the action is almost entirely psychological (Scott tries to pry Maureen O’Sullivan away from the outlaws—Richard Boone, Henry Silva, Skip Homeier—who are holding her for ransom) and the landscape is deftly stylized into dark interiors (caves, a fateful well) that punctuate the wide-open spaces. Boone makes one of the most memorable of Boetticher’s witty, intelligent villains; no other western director so seductively gave evil its due. With Arthur Hunnicutt. 78 min.