In this cavalry yarn unfolding in the wild Apache country of the old west, great pains have been exerted to provide interesting characters.
Gregory Peck plays a martinet, an army captain who lives strictly by the rule book; consequently, although regarded as a fine soldier he is greatly disliked by his men. Plot revolves around his leading a detachment of men to an outpost which guards the only pass by which the Apaches can cross the mountain.
Indians are known to be on the verge of attacking an undermanned garrison, and Peck and his troopers are to try to hold the pass until an expected reinforcement of 400 men arrive.
Peck makes the most of a colorful role. Ward Bond, in a Victor McLaglen-type of tough-and-hearty army corporal, scores in one of his outstanding performances.