A bit of a mess, particularly in the cringeworthy attempts at comedy, but the film becomes interesting as the second half reveals itself to be a psychotic riff on the matinee western. Notable (post-war) Vidor theme: landscape as a place for violence and a place that violence is enacted upon (here, the barbed wire fencing). An unsettling conflation of sex and commerce/greed in the two scenes between Douglas/Crain.
Movie about father/son relations hence about education and movie about the clash between the first settlers and the new eastern capitalists. 89 minutes of countless thoughts and ideas pictured in maybe King Vidor's last masterpiece. Essential if you're a movie lover.