Paramount has given this drama the usual production accoutrements that go with ‘A’ pictures, but the disturbance to the film’s continuity through the use of the trite flashback technique, plus a tedious story of the pioneering west, tend to slow the picture to a walk.
It’s a conglomerate of the familiar story of a woman’s inspiration to a man and his ultimate achievement from a pioneer in the west to a seat in the US Senate. It is a story of intense drama, yet it leaves one strangely unmoved.
Opening of the picture shows Barbara Stanwyck as a centenarian being interviewed by reporters upon the unveiling of a statue of the late Senator Ethan Hoyt.
Brian Donlevy, as a gambler, contributes a steady performance in the triangle, but the writing [from a story by Adela Rogers St John and Seena Owen, based on a short story by Vina Delmar] generally gives him the worst of it.