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The Man from Laramie (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 31 August 1955 (USA)
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A stranger defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

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Mysterious Will Lockhart delivers supplies to storekeeper Barbara Waggoman at Coronado, an isolated town in Apache country. Before long, he's tangled with Dave Waggoman, vicious son of autocratic rancher Alec and cousin of sweet Barbara. But he sticks around town, his presence a catalyst for changes in people's lives, searching for someone he doesn't know...who's been selling rifles to the Apaches. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE MAN who was magnificent in "The Glenn Miller Story" THE MAN who was unforgettable in "Rear Window" THE MAN who was matchless in "Strategic Air Command" See more »

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Cathy O'Donnell was widely felt to be badly miscast as Barbara Waggoman. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie Lockhart stops the wagons and says that they will camp there for the night. Charley O'Leary, one of the drivers, comments that they can make "a couple more miles before sundown" yet the shadows show that it is only shortly after noon. See more »

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Will Lockhart: Whoa! Whoa! Whoa. We'll camp here for the night.
Charley O'Leary: We can go a coupla more miles 'fore sundown.
Will Lockhart: We'll camp here!
Charley O'Leary: You're the boss.
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The Man From Laramie
By Lester Lee - Ned Washington
Sung by a chorus behind the credits
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One of Truly Great Films
24 July 1999 | by (Los Angeles, Ca.) – See all my reviews

Saw this film on its initial release, when I was just a kid. It has always stuck with me. I thought it was the scene (very controversial for its violence, at the time), where James Stewart is dragged through fire. Saw it a couple of years ago in full Cinemascope and realized why it had, literally, haunted me. This is a film that is driven (although it develops slowly) by themes from "Oedipus Rex" and "King Lear." But, it isn't pretentious. Mann was just a genius at fusing these elements into what at first seems like an expertly made western. James Stewart proves here that he had an acting range that is staggering. As a revenge-obsessed "good guy," he falls into the lives of a group of people enveloped by fates that are pure tragedy. Donald Meek is superb as a patriarch betrayed by his haywire son and trusted foreman (beautifully played by Arthur Kennedy). I just watched the video with some trepidation, fearing it would be really hurt by scan-and-pan. But the actors are all usually in camera range and the camera set-ups are unintrusive, but always right for the situation.

This is a film for anyone who is a fan of great filmmaking.


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