Powell stars as John Haven, a government investigator called in when two US cavalrymen are killed while transporting a gold shipment.
Haven goes to a small mining and logging town to find the culprits. Agnes Moorehead is Mrs. Caslon who helps John with the investigation. This leads him to a beautiful woman named Charlie (Jane Greer) whom he finds is actually behind all the robberies.
I really liked this combination of film noir and western and Powell plays his part very well with a subtle mixture of honesty and sarcasm.
Burl Ives sings a song or two to move the plot along, which I think is an excellent idea. One line of a song is "A man can't grow old where's there's women and gold" and boy that fits this movie like a glove.
This RKO film is a MUST see for any film fan and I cannot recommend it enough. The rest of the cast includes Raymond Burr, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams and Tom Powers.