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The Violent Men (1955)

Approved | | Western | 15 April 1955 (Belgium)
A bitter land dispute causes a Civil War veteran to take extreme action.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Harry Kleiner (screenplay), Donald Hamilton (based upon a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... John Parrish
Barbara Stanwyck ... Martha Wilkison
Edward G. Robinson ... Lew Wilkison
Dianne Foster ... Judith Wilkison
Brian Keith ... Cole Wilkison
May Wynn ... Caroline Vail
Warner Anderson ... Jim McCloud
Basil Ruysdael ... Tex Hinkleman
Lita Milan ... Elena
Richard Jaeckel ... Wade Matlock
James Westerfield ... Sheriff Magruder
Jack Kelly ... DeRosa
Willis Bouchey ... Sheriff Martin Kenner
Harry Shannon ... Purdue
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Storyline

A Union ex-officer plans to sell up to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner and the outfit's bully-boy tactics make him think again. When one of his hands is murdered he decides to stay and fight, utilising his war experience. Not all is well at Anchor with the owner's wife carrying on with his brother who anyway has a Mexican moll in town. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>, corrected by Michael Morrison

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VOLCANIC! VALIANT! VICIOUS! Violence and Passion the Screen Has Seldom Seen!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1955 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bandits See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The novel upon which this film is based, "Smoky Valley", by Donald Hamilton, was serialized in Collier's magazine from December 11, 1953 to January 22, 1954. See more »

Quotes

John Parrish: I'll fight for the privilege of being left alone.
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Referenced in Biography: Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line (1997) See more »

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Good Strong Western
13 October 2002 | by someinfoSee all my reviews

A western through and through. As the title character portrayed by Glenn Ford says, "No, I don't want to fight, but I will if it's forced on me." This movie is about being intelligent, strong, and fighting for one's beliefs. With courage, never stop striving for what you feel is right. Great action and mostly quick paced. Good to see Brian Keith in this role and Edward G. Robinson as an older western man. Glenn Ford lives up to his western image. Thoroughly enjoyable film includes strategic non-military warfare. Of course it's violent, like the title states, but not too graphic like in the computer-generated era films. It's mostly about strong personality clashes.


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