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The Lusty Men (1952)

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When he sustains a rodeo injury, star rider Jeff McCloud returns to his hometown after many years of absence. He signs on as a hired hand with a local ranch, where he befriends fellow ranch... See full summary »

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Louise Merritt
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Jeff McCloud
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Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Booker Davis
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Al Dawson
Walter Coy ...
Buster Burgess
Carol Nugent ...
Rusty Davis
Maria Hart ...
Rosemary Maddox
Lorna Thayer ...
Grace Burgess
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Jeremiah Watrus
Karen Randle ...
Ginny Logan (as Karen King)
Jimmie Dodd ...
Red Logan
Eleanor Todd ...
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When he sustains a rodeo injury, star rider Jeff McCloud returns to his hometown after many years of absence. He signs on as a hired hand with a local ranch, where he befriends fellow ranch hand Wes and his wife Louise. Wes has big dreams of owning his own little farm, and rodeo winnings could help finance it. Wes convinces Jeff to coach him in the rodeo ways, but Louise has her doubts. She doesn't want her man to end up a broken down rodeo bum like Jeff McCloud. Despite Louise's concern, the threesome hit the road in their Woody, chucking a secure present for an unknown future. Will they find success or sorrow? This picture features plenty of rodeo action and thrills. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A Fast Buck... A Fast Bronc... A Fast Thrill!

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Action | Drama | Western

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24 October 1952 (USA)  »

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Cowpoke  »

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Robert Parrish directed for several days when Nicholas Ray fell ill. See more »

Quotes

Wes Merritt: A fella's bankroll could get fat in a hurry, rodeoin'.
Jeff McCloud: Bahh... Chicken today, feathers tomorrow.
Wes Merritt: Not if he played it smart when he had the chicken.
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Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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31 October 2005 | by (Motown) – See all my reviews

I see they had a choice of some other titles here - anything's better than the one they used on TCM on Saturday (10/29/05.) But I loved this movie! Arthur Kennedy has always been one of my favorites and Susan Hayward, who was born on my birthday, is amazing, always. Whew, in this movie, she beats up another chick TWICE! With good reason, of course. I am really glad I never saw this movie before because although Leonard Maltin called the ending "hokey" in his video guide, I liked it so much that it made me cry. Maybe it's a 'girl thing.' Robert Mitchum was incredibly handsome and sexy - if I owned the movie, I just might watch it again TO SEE HIM WALK, whew. I bet he had the girls heated up in the 50s. Sorry I didn't tape it for my own use, then. I feel that this film is an example of why Nicholas Ray has a following. It's a beautiful work of art, and I thank him for it.


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