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4 November 1954 (USA) See more »
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The Man With The Rope Scar ON HIS NECK!
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After three years on the run, Jim Guthrie returns with the scar of a rope burn on his neck. In flashback... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A Sagebrush "Whodunit" See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Dana Andrews ... Jim Guthrie

Donna Reed ... Laurie Mastin
Dianne Foster ... Chris Palmer
Stephen Elliott ... Sheriff Ben East
Richard Coogan ... Niles Hendricks
Laurence Hugo ... Marty Lasswell
James Westerfield ... Sam Minor
Richard Webb ... Carter Mastin

Carolyn Jones ... Polly
Charlotte Fletcher ... Betty

Whit Bissell ... Deke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ada Adams ... Townsman (uncredited)
Elsie Baker ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Townsman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Albert (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Ernest (uncredited)
G. Pat Collins ... Townsman (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Townsman (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Arthur Fox ... Little Carter (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Cass (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Townsman (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Stableman (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ... Card Player (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Townsman (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Deputy Vince (uncredited)
Harry Mendoza ... Card Player (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Paquin ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Jack Parker ... Townsman (uncredited)
'Snub' Pollard ... Townsman (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Dominguez (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Man Offering to Buy Drinks (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jerry Sheldon ... Townsman (uncredited)

Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Boyd Stockman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Esteban (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred L. Werker  (as Alfred Werker)
 
Writing credits
Alex Gottlieb (story)

Richard Alan Simmons  and
Roy Huggins 

Maxwell Shane (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick 
 
Art Direction by
George Brooks 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Cory .... photographer: second unit
 
Other crew
David Breen .... assistant to producer
Francis Cugat .... technicolor color consultant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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77 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Jim Guthrie:Did you know we were going to get some cattle with the place?
Laurie Mastin:Cattle? How many?
Jim Guthrie:Two. We're going to be cattle barons.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Sagebrush "Whodunit", 1 October 2009
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Dour little Western (just count the smiles) that still manages a few surprises. So, who killed Carter. Not Jim Guthrie (Andrews), even though an over-eager lynch mob thinks so, leaving him with a permanent neck burn and a smoldering desire for revenge. It looks like a lot of folks hated Carter, so now, three years later, Guthrie's sleuthing work is cut out for him. A grudgingly sympathetic sheriff gives the innocent man three hours to nail the real culprit. So, it's a suspenseful countdown to sundown. Can he do it.

Can't help noticing this tale of a driven man's revenge was produced by Harry Joe Brown who later produced the thematically similar Randolph Scott cycle of Westerns (The Tall T {1957}; Comanche Station {1960} et al.). There's a strong similarity in the character and temperament of the leads, which suggests producer Brown had both a definite point of view and at least some influence on the screenplays.

Director Werker gets a lot out of LA area locations and a mixed cast of veterans like Andrews and newcomers like Foster. The unstable relationship between Andrews and Reed is more interesting and complex than in most Westerns. But I did have some difficulty keeping track of the four prominent ladies, a more crowded field than in most oaters. Anyway, the movie is a neat combination of whodunit and sagebrush that'll keep you guessing, without the usual clichés.

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