Three-D and Technicolor are used effectively to make this suspense melodrama a fairly entertaining entry. Film, announced as 20th-Fox’s first and only 3-D presentation, is a romantic triangle that springboards the plot of how a rich, spoiled man finds himself when left to die on the desert by his wife and her lover.
Playboy Carson (Robert Ryan) is left to die of thirst and a broken leg by Geraldine (Rhonda Fleming) and Duncan (William Lundigan) while on a prospecting trip. Driven by a desire to defeat their murder plot and get revenge, he finds resources within himself to conquer the burning heat, the bitter cold and other dangers of a laborious, painful crawling across sands and up and down canyons.
Major acting assists come from Henry Hull, old prospector; Larry Keating, Ryan’s business manager; and Carl Betz and Robert Burton, officers directing the search. Roy Baker’s direction accents the forceful drama capably. There are no obvious 3-D tricks in the excellent photography by Lucien Ballard.