... I perceived Jubal strictly as a classic Western, and it seemed to me an exceedingly bland specimen, with only Daves' majestic CinemaScope compositions distinguishing it from countless other routine tales of envy and jealousy in an isolated locale. Steiger hams it up shamelessly, drawling and sputtering vitriol in every direction; Ford counters by reining it in to the point where he's just generically stalwart.
Daves is an absolute rarity in cinema, an artist of the good. All of these qualities resonate throughout his films. In 1956’s Jubal, as in all of his finest work, they converge and harmonize into a sustained chord of affirmation... With all due respect to Fritz Lang and his two films with Glenn Ford, this extremely unusual actor was never more in his element than he was with Daves.
Daves ingeniously plays the simple but powerful dynamic as a variation on Othello, one told from the perspective of loyal Cassio and stripped completely of its racial elements, and the result is a uniquely lean and forceful western, made epically tough and lonesome in DP Charles Lawton Jr. and Daves's stunning CinemaScope landscapes.