I think a frequent 'mistake' people make (and I mean fans as well as critics) is that they compare a film made during an actor's prime with a film made during an actor's decline. In the case of Alan Ladd, not everything is going to be SHANE. Nor should it be.
And I also think it's 'wrong' to compare this film to THE PROUD REBEL. It's not supposed to be THE PROUD REBEL. It's not a remake or a sequel of his earlier hits.
What ONE FOOT IN HELL is, in my view, is a high concept western. Where the revenge motif is taken to extremes. In a way it's a precursor to the much more violent spag