The competition between scenic splendors of the Jasper and Banff National Parks and entertainment values finds the former finishing slightly ahead on merit, although there’s enough rugged action and suspense moments to get the production through its footage. In between the high spots, Otto Preminger’s directorial pacing is inclined to lag, so the running time seems overlong.
Mitchum and Tommy Rettig, playing father and son, pull Monroe and Rory Calhoun from a river that races by their wilderness farm. Calhoun is trying to get to a settlement to file a gold claim he has won dishonestly at cards and Monroe is along because she expects to marry him. Calhoun steals Mitchum’s horse and gun and rides off, leaving the others at the mercy of warring Indians. Man, woman and boy take to the river on a raft to escape the redskins.