The basis for a screen melodrama, but not much more, in a tale of the golden west, complete with a big one-man boss of town-...

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The basis for a screen melodrama, but not much more, in a tale of the golden west, complete with a big one-man boss of town- county- state, his roistering sons, his daughter-disappointed in love- growing gross in self pity, his mistress-madam of a bawdy house. Lots of gun play, riots, mine disaster, escapes, kidnapped damsels, provide a routine backdrop for the central figures; a girl destined by her guardian for the musical career his debauchery had cost him, and the youngest son of the old tycoon, who turns out to be not his son at all but the son of a man of finer clay who recognized his mother as a personality in her own rights. The value of the story, if there is any, lies in capturing for the moment the heyday of the violence and lawlessness, the tawdriness of splender and ostentation of our nation's frontier history. Stock characters, stock plot, stock properties bill it as an ""authentic western"" which will shine momentarily in the reflected glory of Louis Bromfield's past.

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 1947

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harper

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1947