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Colorado Territory Reviews

This excellent western reworking of Walsh's own HIGH SIERRA has kindhearted outlaw McCrea deciding that he and his gang must pull one more robbery before disappearing forever. Inevitably, a posse tracks down the gang, and McCrea and his half-breed lover, Mayo, are killed in a romantic, yet horrifying, blaze of gunfire at the film's climax. Just as HIGH SIERRA was primarily a study of the character played by Humphrey Bogart, COLORADO TERRITORY analyzes the tragedy of the good McCrea, who sadly chooses a life of crime. Hauntingly photographed in richly contrasting black and white tones, the film is truly a film noir western, not only in its look, but in its themes of despair, the inability to love, and the inevitability of doom. (Remade as I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES.)