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I'd never seen this movie before, but made the mistake of viewing it after I had read the book by Louis L'Amour. While the movie was entertaining, and contains some classic scenes, the book by L'Amour (a 'based on the movie' novel) was brilliant. It's far, far more detailed with well fleshed-out characters and motivations, the usual excellent L'Amour historical detail, expanded and frankly different story lines, many scenes not included in the movie, etc.
If you haven't read the book, you will surely like the movie, especially if you like Debbie Reynolds singing as a dance-hall girl. But if you have read the book, the movie will seem like a pared-down highlight reel of the full story.