"John Sturges, the director, who knows his way around the Old West ("Bad Day at Black Rock"), must be credited with not depending entirely on W. R. Burnett's sparse, pithy and often contemporary dialogue. He has kept his color cameras and his cast on the move, almost constantly. A fight scene staged in a combination saloon and bagnio has the speed, comedy and improbability of a Mack Sennett set-to. Everything is thrown but pies. The same may be said of the Indian attack on our beleaguered heroes who stand them off with firecrackers, fists, bows and arrows and dynamite."