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|Directed by||Tay Garnett|
|Produced by||Nat Holt|
|Written by||Thomas Thompson|
|Music by||Paul Sawtell
|Cinematography||William E. Snyder|
|Edited by||George White|
|July 31, 1963|
A range war is building in Wyoming. Caught on opposite sides are Sam Brassfield, who builds fences to protect his grass land, and Clay Mathews, a cattle baron determined to keep an open range.
Both men argue their case before the cattlemen's association to President Chester A. Arthur, who happens to be in Cheyenne for a visit. A hired gun of Mathews picks a fight with Brassfield's top man, Johnny Quatro, in a saloon, then vows revenge after Brassfield intervenes.
Brassfield proposes marriage to Sharleen Travers, who runs a neighboring ranch with her brother Harry. At first the spineless Harry sides with Mathews, but after a scolding from his sister, he apologizes to Brassfield. A while thereafter, the hired gun Bodine shoots and wounds the unarmed Harry, then kills Sharleen in cold blood.
Another rancher mistakenly blames Brassfield for a raid that Matthews ordered. He changes sides after overhearing Brassfield speak on his behalf to the President. In a final showdown, Brassfield urges Mathews to keep the dispute between themselves, then outdraws Mathews in a gunfight. Bodine also pulls a gun, but Quatro shoots him down.
- Robert Taylor as Samm Brassfield
- Robert Loggia as Johnny Quatro
- Joan Caulfield as Sharleen Travers
- Robert Middleton as Clay Mathews
- Larry Gates as President Arthur
- Malcolm Atterbury as Abe Clevenger
- William Windom as Harry Travers
- Virginia Christine as Ruth Winters
- Richard Devon as Vince Bodine
- Ray Teal as Ed Winters
- Bob Ivers as Webb Carter
- Maggie Pierce as June Carter
- Woodrow Parfrey as Stafford
- Richard Tretter as Hobie Renton
- John Mitchum as Tex
According to MGM records the film earned $415,000 in the US and Canada and $650,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $20,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.