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The Lusty Men (1952)

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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Jeff McCloud
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Wes Merritt
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Booker Davis
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Al Dawson
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Buster Burgess
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Rusty Davis
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Rosemary Maddox
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Grace Burgess
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Ginny Logan (as Karen King)
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Red Logan
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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 | Sport | Western

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24 October 1952 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The world's first rodeo was held July 4, 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado. Cities such as Pecos, TX, Prescott, AZ, and Payson, AZ have also laid claim to the title, but Deer Trail has been officially recognized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) as the first. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jeff McCloud: There never was a bronc that couldn't be rode, there never a cowboy that couldn't be throwed. Guys like me last forever.
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Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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24 October 2001 | by (Puerto Varas, Chile) – See all my reviews



It seems that after the shooting of "Macao", director Nicholas Ray (who replaced Josef von Sternberg) and actor Robert Mitchum were prepared for a second match. This was "The Lusty Men", a poetic and sensitive film about a man at the moment of his decadence as a rodeo figure. Beautifully shot in black and white, this picture is ready to stay as one of the most impressive achievements in film history on the subjects of maturity and enthusiasm, destiny, despair and true naivety.


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