An intriguing theme, good cast and tight direction combine to make The Walking Hills an out-of-the-way westerner.Opening in a Mexican border town, yarn introduces eight men who accidentally stumble on some information pointing to the location in the desert of a 100-year-old wagon train loaded with bullion. Major portion of the film concerns the digging for the treasure and developing hatreds among the men. Screenplay’s attempt to handle the cross-currents of greed for gold and a three-way romantic tangle is not fully successful due to a slightly hazy plot structure. But the main outlines of a sharp human conflict are made to emerge nonetheless. Mainly responsible for this are John Sturges’ controlled and modulated direction and standout performances.