Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1952 • United States
Starring Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy
Maverick director Nicholas Ray brings his poetic feeling for the worlds of outsiders to this emotionally charged contemporary twist on the western. After a series of accidents, rodeo star Jeff McCloud (Robert Mitchum) hobbles back home to Oklahoma, where he soon finds himself coaching ambitious young rider Wes Merritt (Arthur Kennedy) while falling for Merritt’s wife, Louise (Susan Hayward), who is wary of the rough-and-tumble world that her husband has entered into. The unstable triangle of passion that forms between the three unleashes a rivalry that pushes McCloud back into the rodeo ring.