Amidst the turbulent sea of box office smashes on 1939 like Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, not to mention the start of WWII, this black and white masterpiece seemed to have past beneath the waves into obscurity. It is such a classic that the acting remains believable even today, 65 years later. Don't believe me? Just try to sit through with dry eyes, the scene wherein all in the bunkhouse awaits the 'end' of poor ol Candy's dog who is put to sleep by the gun of a cagey ranch hand. Alot of films this old lose their believibilty and lustre, as acting techniques and directing gets more sophisticated, however Burgess Merideth and Lon Chaney Jr prove two hard acts to follow. This VHS perhaps is one of the best in my library.