One of Stewart's best ...
The Man from Laramie should be a must view for any students of the western genre cinema. Stewart embraces every role he plays with tremendous style an energy and the Man from Laramie is no exception. Will Lockhart (Stewart) is not a man to be threatened, pushed into a corner and don't tell him what he can and can't do. With that said Lockhart has a very unpleasant encounter with Dave Waggoman (Alex Nicol) the son of cattle baron Alec Waggoman (Donald Crisp). The son has a very sadistic side when it comes to keeping trespassers of his father's land. In the first half of the movie, there is the scene where young Waggoman spots Lockhart's small caravan, a few miles outside the town of Coronado, New Mexico(the Waggoman land included the town of Coronado), and decides to burn his wagons and kill some of the mules. This encounter infuriates Lockhart who returns to Coronado to get some payback for what Waggoman did. Eventually Lockhart meets up with Mr. Waggoman and gets some restitution for his destroyed wagons and mules.
Once restitution is made the movie begins to pick up some speed. We soon discover that Lockhart has another reason for being in Coronado and that involves Apaches, rifles and a massacre occuring on Waggoman's land.
Before the advent of the spaghetti westerns and the no name style of cowboy offered by Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood, there was James Stewart and many others who gave us memorable roles such as the Man from Laramie.