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The Lone Hand (1953)

Approved | | Western | 26 June 1953 (USA)
In 1870, widowed farmer Zachary Hallock secretly joins a group of outlaws as a solution to his money problems.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Joseph Hoffman (screenplay), Irving Ravetch (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joel McCrea ... Zachary Hallock
Barbara Hale ... Sarah Jane Skaggs
Alex Nicol ... Jonah Varden
Charles Drake ... George Hadley
Jimmy Hunt ... Joshua Hallock / Narrator
James Arness ... Gus Varden (as Jim Arness)
Roy Roberts ... Mr. Skaggs
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Dunn the Banker
Wesley Morgan Wesley Morgan ... Daniel Skaggs
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Storyline

A farmer, Zachary Hallock (Joel McCrea) and his son Joshua (Jimmy Hunt) try to establish new roots on their farm near a small western town victimized by outlaws. The merchants and ranchers form a vigilante group to oppose the constant threat to their families. They also try to recruit Hallock, but he refuses and instead secretly joins the outlaw band terrorizing the community. His son and new bride Sarah Jane Skaggs (Barbara Hale) don't understand why he has seemingly decided to become an outlaw and has turned his back on everything and everyone most dear to him. Written by Uncle Tuck

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They sent Zack Hallett to do the job no man had lived to finish! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mano justiciera See more »

Filming Locations:

Aztec, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,150,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chet Allen was considered to play Joshua Hallock. See more »

Goofs

Just after the opening robbery scene, as Frank Ferguson says "They're outlaws, desperadoes, murderers", a horse in the middle of the shot has a large bowel movement. Usually in those days that sort of thing wasn't shown onscreen. See more »

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Kid stuff
29 January 2001 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

Typical 1950's studio western movie. Simple and warm story that can please the kids of that era, when they go to the movie house saturday afternoon. Here, a young boy, who had great admiration for his dad, discovers that the old man is an outlaw. That breaks his heart, of course. But the dad had some secrets... In fact, he's a spy for the law, and he's riding with two outlaws to knows who's the boss of the gang (and, of course, that man is an important citizen of the village.) Joel McCrae, that great great actor of western, did a very fine job in this pleasant B-Movie flick.


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