For his first independent production, Gary Cooper turned out a better-than-average western [from the novel by Alan LeMay]. Cooper is not only the producer but also the star, along with Loretta Young. Without Cooper and Young Jones would be just another horse opera.
Cooper plays a mild-mannered cowpoke who drifts into a small town with his sidekick (William Demarest), thus precipitating a situation in which he’s mistaken for a notorious road agent. Cooper, actually, can’t even handle a gun, but the inevitable result finds him the unwitting and indirect cause of the holdupman’s slaying. And, of course, he gets the latter’s girl (Young).
Cooper plays his usually languid self impressively, while Young is decorative and photographed well. Demarest is in for some comedy relief, of which there is too little, while Dan Duryea is properly menacing as the killer.