Setting for the story is the west of 1867 and the outdoor locations have been magnificently lensed as a telling backdrop for the dramatics. Lamar Trotti has put together an ace screenplay from a story by W. R. Burnett, given it dialog that rings true, and then proceeded with showmanly production guidance to make Sky a winner.
The direction by William A. Wellman is vigorous, potently emphasizing every element of suspense and action, and displaying the cast to the utmost advantage. There’s never a faltering scene as sequence after sequence is unfolded at a swift pace.
Plot outline traces a group of outlaws who rob a bank, flee across a desert and seek refuge in a ghost mining town. There they find a girl and her grandfather, learn they have gold and seek to steal it.
There’s many an earthy touch in the script and an understanding of the hungers of men; some for gold, some for women, and some for love and understanding.
Peck shines as the outlaw leader and matching dramatic stride for stride with him is Baxter as the ghost town girl. Widmark steps out in another of his coldblooded killer delineations as Peck’s doublecrossing partner in crime.