Glenn Ford turns in a top performance as outlaw Ben Wade. Wade has been arrested and nobody wants to make sure he gets on the train as his gang is making very sure he is freed.
The townspeople hire a down and out farmer named Dan Evans (Van Heflin)to do the job for $200, which Dan needs to save his struggling ranch.
This film builds tension upon tension as Ford and Heflin play off each other very, very well. The only help Heflin can get is that of the town drunk, Alex Potter (Henry Jones) and Mr. Butterfield (Robert Emhardt) who owns the stagelines that Wade robbed and killed the driver.
Everyone turns in top notch acting jobs thanks to director Delmer Daves and the death scene of Potter is unforgettable. The cast is rounded out by Felicia Farr, Leora Dana as Heflin's wife, Richard Jaeckel and Richard Devon.
Highly Recommended and much better than the remake.