Picking Rip Darrow over Juan Herrera? Seriously?!?
Is there anybody with functional eyes and ears who would choose wooden Wendell Corey over hunky Gilbert Roland? For purposes of pissing off Vance's father, the Mexican squatter would do every bit as well. Aside from looks, Herrera's an infinitely better match in terms of wholehearted love, straightforwardness, long-term loyalty, guts, physical strength and courage, and someone she can be totally herself around. There's zero suggestion that she is prejudiced against his ethnicity. And yet she friend-zones Juan and strongly prefers Rip, even long after the gambler shows himself manipulative, mean, and unworthy. I don't get it.
I spent a big chunk of the film waiting for her to wake up and choose the right man. Did anyone else?