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The Lone Hand (1953)

Approved | | Western | 26 June 1953 (USA)
In 1870, widowed farmer Zachary Hallock secretly joins a group of outlaws as a solution to his money problems.



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Cast overview:
Zachary Hallock
Sarah Jane Skaggs
Jonah Varden
George Hadley
Joshua Hallock / Narrator
Gus Varden (as Jim Arness)
Mr. Skaggs
Mr. Dunn the Banker
Wesley Morgan ...
Daniel Skaggs


A farmer, Zachary Hallock (Joel McCrea) & his son Joshua (Jimmy Hunt) try to establish new roots on their farm near a small western town victimized by outlaws. The merchants & ranchers form a vigilante group to oppose the constant threat to their families. They also try to recruit Hallock, but he refuses & instead secretly joins the outlaw band terrorizing the community. His son & new bride Sarah Jane Skaggs (Barbara Hale) don't understand why he has seemly decided to become an outlaw & has turned his back on everything & everyone most dear to him. Written by Uncle Tuck

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Release Date:

26 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mano justiciera  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,150,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chet Allen was considered to play Joshua Hallock. See more »


When the boy is driving the wagon and the men are shooting at it, in the shot from the rear it is clear an adult stuntman was used. The amount of his back seen is much higher above the rail than when the boy was shown driving the wagon. See more »

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A Father undercover for the government.
29 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

A good Western movie. Excellent acting especially by Barbara Hale and Jimmy Hunt. No one knows that Joel McCrea is working undercover. His son (Jimmy Hunt) believes he is an outlaw and so does his bride (Barbara Hale). Lots of action and twists and turns.

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