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The Hard Man (1957)

Approved | | Western | December 1957 (USA)
A lawman becomes a Deputy in a town where he suspects the friend he had to kill in self defense, was framed for murder.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Leo Katcher (screenplay), Leo Katcher (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Guy Madison ... Steve Burden
Valerie French ... Fern Martin
Lorne Greene ... Rice Martin
Barry Atwater ... George Dennison
Robert Burton ... Sheriff Hacker
Rudy Bond ... John Rodman
Trevor Bardette ... Mitch Willis
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Juanita
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Storyline

Steve Burden is a former lawman released for bringing in too many wanted men dead. The aging Sheriff of El Solito wants Steve for his Deputy and Steve takes the job knowing the last outlaw he killed was framed in El Solito. Looking for the man that framed him it appears that Rice Martin who controls El Solito is his man and Steve is quickly in trouble when Martin sends a man to kill him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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He's Got the Southwest...Over a Gun-Barrel!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reif für den Galgen See more »

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Production Co:

Romson Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia Pictures released this film on a double feature with The Long Haul (1957) with the tag line: "The Long Haul will DELIGHT You! The Hard Man Will EXCITE You!" See more »

Goofs

The walls of Dennison's office building appear to be made of panels painted to look like bricks rather than being of a solid brick construction, as observed when Willis tries to kill Burden and Kane. See more »

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High Noon: the soap opera - but entertaining
31 March 2012 | by score-10See all my reviews

Just the thing for a lazy Sunday afternoon - like all those TV westerns from 50s/60s which this reviewer found when perhaps more impressionable - when men were Men, spoke deep, dressed clean and drew sixguns easy fast. The story/plot in detail is (surely ?) corny ridiculous soap - to this nonAmerican anyhow - but, once that is accepted, this film can entertain as a straight "shoot 'em, cowboy" with a hero in the Hollywood tradition of the (semi-official) vigilante from the Lone Ranger to the Dark Knight. Definitely competently acted and made q well enough, this film is a nice reminder of how the fun Western used to be. Canadian Lorne Green went on to greater fame; going by this movie, Madison and French were unlucky not to do same.


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