Sirk makes the most of the CinemaScope frame in this handsomely mounted adventure yarn set in the 19th century. Rock Hudson stars as the eponymous Irish revolutionary, who goes from holding up stagecoaches to teaming with the rebel leader in the fight for freedom from Britain. Aided by Hudson’s engaging performance, Sirk keeps the proceedings light and lively, moving zippily from one action setpiece to the next and topping things off with a daring prison escape. Shot in Technicolor on location in Ireland, the film looks simply spectacular, with Sirk capturing breathtaking views of the Emerald Isle’s castles and coastline.
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