Joel McCrea, Barry Sullivan and James Whitmore are Confederate soldiers who escape from the Yankees, join up with a gang of renegade rebel raiders. They are dispatched to New Mexico to figure an angle to lead a wagon train of gold slated for the Yanks into an ambush. They join the train when they help beat off an Indian attack. Before the ambush destination is reached McCrea has fallen for a comely widow (Arlene Dahl).
Roy Rowland's direction packs a wallop. Some scenes are alive with tingling suspense, such as the crossing of a raging river at high flood.
The rivers and lakes at Kanab, UT, are as blue as cobalt in this Technicolor Western, and when a Yankee soldier is viciously stabbed by Barry Sullivan, the water turns a deep scarlet. Arlene Dahl adds other colors not usually observed outside a beauty parlor, but all that is as it should be. The Outriders, which, for once, has a wagon train traveling east, is exciting fare well played by a superior cast of old hands at this sort of thing, and directed with an eye for the sheer beauty of Utah by an efficient Roy Rowland. There is a thrilling river crossing, Indians on the warpath, an especially noisy climax, and a despicable villain in a bushwhacking Jeff Corey. But you cannot get over the sight of the ravishing Arlene Dahl square dancing with a bunch of drunken outriders in the middle of nowhere.
Unfortunately this is a TV rip I'm still looking for DVD when Available I'll up it