Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.

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Louise Merritt
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Booker Davis
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Al Dawson
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Carol Nugent ...
Rusty Davis
Maria Hart ...
Rosemary Maddox
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Grace Burgess
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Jeremiah Watrus
Karen Randle ...
Ginny Logan (as Karen King)
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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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24 October 1952 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the Tucson Rodeo sequence, bull rider [Chet?] Peterson switches hands mid-ride. See more »

Quotes

Buster Burgess: [Buster enters Rosemary's trailer to find Jeff sitting inside. The shower can be heard running in the background] Who's in the shower?
Jeff McCloud: Lady.
Louise Merritt: [From the shower] Jeff, can you hand me a towel?
Buster Burgess: [Jeff starts to get up but Buster stops him] I'll get it.
Buster Burgess: [Buster walks in on Louise in the shower and she screams. Buster rushes out] That ain't Rosemary!
Jeff McCloud: Nooooooo.
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My favorite Mitchum film
24 October 2003 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

This is my all-time favorite Robert Mitchum movie. In fact, it's the movie that made Mitchum one of my favorite actors. I saw this movie as a child on television and could not understand why Susan Hayworth would prefer Arthur Kennedy to Robert Mitchum.

It's a dusty, exhausting rodeo film, so realistic that one can almost smell the horses. Seeing how the participants usually had to pick up their winnings ("day money") in a bar after what could have been a physically crippling time in the arena shows how easy it would have been to start drinking to kill the pain and the fear. Also the rodeo "groupies", so ready to soothe the pains and massage the ego, have probably changed very little since the early '50s. The character of Jeff McCloud has obviously been there and done that, and Mitchum plays the weariness with authenticity and sympathy. He also reveals his ability to play comedy in the scene in Rosemary's trailer with Frank Faylen.

I heartily recommend this film to anyone wanting to see a realistic slice of Americana, and good performances by all the leads.


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