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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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Wes Merritt
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 ...
Babs
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Cowpoke  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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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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