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The Man from Laramie -- Anthony Mann's psychological revenge saga of Shakespearean proportions starring James Stewart

Held by many to be the pinnacle of the five Westerns they were teamed on, The Man from Laramie marked the final collaboration between director Anthony Mann and star James Stewart.
Stewart stars as a resolute vigilante, obsessed with finding the man responsible for his brother's death. Among the suspects are an arrogant cattle baron (Donald Crisp), his sadistic son (Alex Nicol) and his ranch foreman (Arthur Kennedy).
A psychological revenge saga of Shakespearean proportions, and masterfully filmed in Cinemascope and Technicolor, The Man from Laramie is one of the most powerful dramas of the 1950s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present it in a new 4K restoration in a Dual-Format edition for the first time in the UK.


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31 August 1955 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Will Lockhart

Arthur Kennedy ... Vic Hansbro

Donald Crisp ... Alec Waggoman

Cathy O'Donnell ... Barbara Waggoman

Alex Nicol ... Dave Waggoman

Aline MacMahon ... Kate Canaday

Wallace Ford ... Charley O'Leary

Jack Elam ... Chris Boldt

John War Eagle ... Frank Darrah

James Millican ... Tom Quigby

Gregg Barton ... Fritz

Boyd Stockman ... Spud Oxton

Frank DeKova ... Padre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beulah Archuletta ... Woman at Indian Wedding (uncredited)
Jack Carry ... Mule Driver (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Mule Driver (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Mule Driver (uncredited)
Kay Koury ... Indian (uncredited)

Frosty Royce ... Mule Driver (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Dr. Selden (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (screenplay) &
Frank Burt (screenplay)

Thomas T. Flynn (Saturday Evening Post story)

Produced by
William Goetz .... producer
Original Music by
George Duning (musical score)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Cordell .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd Stockman .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrations
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor colour consultant
Crew verified as complete

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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Hungary:14 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1955) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (2000) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17217) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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The last of James Stewart's Western collaborations with Anthony Mann.See more »
Errors in geography: At the end when Lockhart is ready to leave, he tells Barbara that if she goes east that she will pass "through Laramie". If she went from New Mexico to Laramie, she would have to go almost due north, not east.See more »
[first lines]
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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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
One of Truly Great Films, 24 July 1999
Author: humble-2 from Los Angeles, Ca.

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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