is a tough, savage little film directed by William A. Wellman, and starring Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter and Richard Widmark.
This is a noir
western in the best tradition. Harsh and violent, tough and uncompromising, Yellow Sky
tells the story about a gang of bank robbers who come upon a desert ghost town called Yellow Sky inhabited by an old man and his quirky grand daughter. Everyone involved tries to get their share of $50,000 worth of gold buried in an abandoned mine. (The gold itself is a McGuffin. What really matters here is the raw characterization.)
This film is very well directed with some fantastic imagery. It also ignored the candy apple mythology of the west which currently pervades our culture and instead presents the violence and brutality from that era in uncompromising terms. Being a Wellman film the violence is sometimes off screen, but it is no less understated or carries less impact. Everyone is good here, the characters come across as real people instead of cardboard cutouts, and the scenery, direction and writing are top notch.
This film isn't as well known as other westerns, mainly, I think, because it was shot in noir
style. It wouldn't be until years later when another film came out using the same style called High Noon when noir became more acceptable for westerns. But this film was one of the first, and therefore groundbreaking. It's also just downright good.
I really urge you to check this one out if you have the opportunity. I don't think you will be disappointed.