Tidy little western eschews, for the most part, all the western clichés. Most likely because it’s based on Jack London’s THE SEA WOLF but transposed to the Old West. The transition is seamless because if one weren’t aware of the original source material, you’d never know. It doesn’t have the awkward feel that adaptations sometimes have when removed from their natural settings. Three strangers , two (Dane Clark, Ruth Roman) on the run from the law and the third (Robert Douglas) with a secret, find themselves stranded in a mining camp in the middle of nowhere run by a sadistic egomaniac (Raymond Massey, excellent) without any avenue of escape. Shot in bright Technicolor, it perhaps might have been better served if filmed in black and white but as a western, it’s several notches above average.