The incomprable Marlene Dietrich... what more can you say? This is not your average, sterotypical western. This is a well told, no-nonsense story of revenge with some dark characters. The expository opening song lays out the bare bones (Cat Balou anyone?) and Marlene even contributes a couple of songs herself (Lily Von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles?).
Arthur Kennedy is out for revenge (not an atypical Western theme) after his gal is raped and murdered (as usual Fritz Lang doesn't pull his punches). His epic search eventually takes him to Marlene Dietrich's hidden ranch where crims hide out with no questions asked. Of course, one of them is his man. But will Marlene (aged 50 with a tawdry past) become his girl? Not as tough or realistically outside as the Anthony Mann Westerns filmed about the same time but still engaging.