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Man of the West (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 1 November 1958 (Japan)
A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Will C. Brown (novel), Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Link Jones
Julie London ... Billie Ellis
Lee J. Cobb ... Dock Tobin
Arthur O'Connell ... Sam Beasley
Jack Lord ... Coaley
John Dehner ... Claude
Royal Dano ... Trout
Robert J. Wilke ... Ponch (as Robert Wilke)
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Storyline

On his way to hire a schoolteacher, a homesteader is left a hundred miles from anywhere when the train he is on is robbed. With him are an attractive dancehall girl and an untrustworthy gambler and he decides to get shelter nearby from outlaw relatives he used to run with. They don't trust him and he loathes them but they decide he can help them with one last bank job. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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"Take them clothes off girl... real slow like..." See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Man of the West See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many have wondered why James Stewart did not star in the film, as he has already made several westerns with director Anthony Mann. According to producer Walter Mirisch, they had just completed Love in the Afternoon (1957) with Gary Cooper and quickly signed him to do another movie. Thus Cooper was on the picture before any director had even been hired. See more »

Goofs

In the final shootout between hero Gary Cooper and bad guys John Dehner and Robert J. Wilke, Cooper fires at least nine bullets from his six-shooter before reloading. See more »

Quotes

Sam Beasley: Hello, Billie! Billie, you're lookin' very good!
Billie Ellis: Thanks, and I thought the only thing that looked good to you was a marked deck.
Sam Beasley: Billie, mind if I sit down? Thanks. You know, it's interesting, who you meet on the train.
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Alternate Versions

To receive an 'A' certificate for UK cinema cuts were made to edit some scenes of violence. These included the fight between Link and Coaley, the scene where Billie is forced to strip at gunpoint, and shots of Trout staggering and screaming after being shot by Link. DVD releases are 12 rated and fully uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Crazy Mama (1975) See more »

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Man of the West
By Bobby Troup
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Moody, dour western with scurrilous, mad-dog villains...
12 October 2013 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Anthony Mann directed this surprisingly tough (for its era) and gritty western about an ex-outlaw (Gary Cooper) who, along with a card-sharp and a pretty woman, is left stranded after gun-toting thieves rob a train, only to end up taking refuge with the bloodthirsty gang--his former partners, led by his uncle. Screenwriter Reginald Rose, adapting Will C. Brown's book "The Border Jumpers" (a better title!), appears to have been given free reign in regards to the adult content of the story, and some of the sequences--particularly a nasty one wherein knife-wielding Jack Lord commands Julie London to strip in front of the men--are unsettling. Cooper is too old for the lead, and his budding relationship with London seems to bloom off-screen (at first she's a wise, jaded cookie, but too soon becomes the proverbial lovestruck female, turned soft by her victimization). Ernest Haller's cinematography is excellent, as is Leigh Harline's score, but the picture is almost overwhelmed by its own unpleasantness, and by Lee J. Cobb's growling, snarling performance as Cooper's grizzled relative. ** from ****


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