Jubal is a 1956 Western directed by Delmer Daves based on a 1939 novel by Paul Wellman. The film stars Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, and Valerie French making her American film debut. It was filmed in Technicolor and CinemaScope on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The film is notable as a western reworking of Othello (played by Borgnine), with Steiger as Iago and Ford as Cassio. The supporting cast includes Charles Bronson, Jack Elam, Felicia Farr, Noah Beery, Jr., and John Dierkes.
Jubal Troop (Glenn Ford) is a cowboy who is found in a weakened condition, without a horse. He is given shelter at Shep Horgan's (Ernest Borgnine) large ranch, where he quickly makes an enemy in Pinky (Rod Steiger), a cattleman who accuses Jubal of carrying the smell of sheep.
Horgan is a cheerful, agreeable fellow who is married to an attractive, much younger woman named Mae (Valerie French) whom he met in Canada. He takes an immediate shine to Jubal and offers him a permanent job. Behind his back, Mae also has taken a liking to Jubal, which she expresses to him in no uncertain terms. Horgan has been impressed with Jubal's work ethic and makes him foreman over the other cowhands. That further antagonizes Pinky, whom Horgan does not trust.
Jubal fends off Mae's advances while developing an interest in Naomi (Felicia Farr), a young woman from a traveling wagon train of an unnamed religious group that the cowboys call "rawhiders." Pinky and the other cowboys try to run off the strangers and resent Jubal's interference on their behalf. Jubal's only ally is a drifter named Reb (Charles Bronson), who has attached himself to the wagon train. With Jubal's recommendation, Reb is hired to help him at the ranch.
Pinky, who has carried on with Mae behind her husband's back, tells Horgan that his wife and Jubal have betrayed him. Horgan demands the truth from Mae, who angrily responds that she can't stand him and lies that Jubal has been seeing her.
An enraged Horgan rides to town and confronts Jubal, intending to kill him. Reb flips a gun to Jubal just in time and Horgan is shot dead.
Pinky makes another play for Mae, then beats her savagely when she pushes him away. Pinky then rallies the others to go after Jubal, persuading them that he stole Horgan's wife and murdered him. A posse gets the truth from a dying Mae, that her accusations toward Jubal were completely untrue. She also reveals that Pinky beat her, just before she dies. The posse slowly circles Pinky and it's clear they intend to hang him. Jubal rides away with Naomi and Reb.Glenn Ford as Jubal Troop
Ernest Borgnine as Shep Horgan
Rod Steiger as Pinkum ("Pinky")
Valerie French as Mae Horgan
Felicia Farr as Naomi
Basil Ruysdael as Shem Hoktor
Charles Bronson as Reb Haislipp
Jack Elam as McCoy
Noah Beery, Jr. as Sam
John Dierkes as Carson
Rod Steiger's role was meant to be played by Columbia contract star Aldo Ray but he was unhappy at not receiving a bonus after being loaned out on other films, and refused to appear.
Bosley Crowther gave the film a mixed review, written entirely in verse that begins: