Original theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Charles Lamont|
|Produced by||Howard Benedict|
|Screenplay by||Michael Fessier|
|Starring||Yvonne De Carlo|
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Cinematography||Charles P. Boyle|
|Edited by||Ray Snyder|
Fessier Pagano Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Johnny Hart heads for Red Gulch, looking for the mystery man who murdered his partner. He quickly meets Lorena Dumont, a beautiful barkeep who is loved by Blackie, a jealous crook who doesn't like her interest in Johnny one bit.
After he resists her seduction by saying he has another girl back home, Johnny is forced to wed an angry Lorena at gunpoint. She then turns him over to the sheriff after learning that Johnny is a wanted fugitive with a price on his head. He escapes, spends a night of passion with Lorena, then is recaptured by the law.
Six years in prison later, Johnny returns to Red Gulch seeking revenge. He now knows Blackie's the one who killed his partner. Johnny's former girlfriend is summoned to meet him, but it turns out he fathered a child with Lorena who's now five years old. Blackie takes the little girl hostage, but Johnny kills him and reunites a grateful Lorena with their little girl.
She was replaced by Yvonne de Carlo who had just played her first leading role in Salome, Where She Danced. De Carlo says Montez turned down the role because she did not want to work with Rod Cameron and did not want to play the mother of a young girl. De Carlo later wrote "the studio knew I would play opposite Rin Tin Tin if they told me to, and would gladly agree to be the mother of the seven dwarfs."
Filming started in April.
The main villain role was meant to be played by Peter Coe. He had just received a medical discharge for the Marine Corps, and Universal became worried he was not up to it, so the role was given to Alan Curtis. Then Curtis refused to play the role and he was replaced by Sheldon Leonard.