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Run for Cover (1955)

 |  Western  |  29 April 1955 (USA)
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Mistaken for train robbers, Matt Dow and Davey Bishop are shot at by the sheriff and his posse but they are cleared and hired as lawmen.

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Matt Dow
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Helga Swenson
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Davey Bishop
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Mr. Swenson
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Gentry
Jack Lambert ...
Larsen
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Irving Bacon ...
Scotty
Trevor Bardette ...
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John Miljan ...
Mayor Walsh
Gus Schilling ...
Doc Ridgeway
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Odd little Western that gets off to a snappy start when a man (Matt Dow) is mistaken as a train robber. After the town's sheriff shoots the kid he's riding with, Dow clears his name and ends up as the new sheriff. He romances a Swedish woman and settles in to a peaceful life only to find that the boy has a few secrets of his own. Written by Ed Lorusso

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The story of a man apart... who brought faith to a youth, love to a woman, justice to land!

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This is the second of three westerns that Cagney made. His first western was "The Oklahoma Kid" (1939) and his third and final one was "Tribute To A Bad Man" (1956). See more »

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When Mr. Swenson falls off his buckboard, he lands on a rectangular patch of ground obviously prepared in advance for the stunt. See more »

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Matt Dow: Why don't you stop feeling sorry for yourself? You think you're the only one in the world ever got a raw deal... There's a lot of people in this world who've had a tougher time than you or me. It comes with the ticket. Nobody guarantees you a free ride. The only difference is, most people don't run for cover. They keep right on going, picking up the pieces the best way they can. But you never hear of them. It's the ones who can't take it, like you - the ones looking for a free ride - who cause ...
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Outlandish Western in which two mysterious riders , James Cagney and John Derek , are mistaken for train-robbers
25 April 2015 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The story of a man apart who brought faith to a youth , love to a woman, justice to land . At the beginning takes place a trilling start when a man called Matt Dow (James Cagney) and his newcomer pal Davey Bishop (John Derek) are mistaken as two train robbers . Dow , who has a few secrets of his own , clears his name and ends up as the new sheriff and he appoints Davey as his deputy . Matt romances a foreign woman named Helga Swenson (Viveca Lindfors) and settles in to a peaceful existence only to find that the boy grows restive . The boy is crippled by a bullet provoking his fury and bitter slide into badness .

This odd little film seems to be an offbeat Western , though also packs conventional scenes . It contains a superficially conventional script , drama , snappy scenes , action , thrills and shootouts . The characters are well constructed , the talks are fluid , concise and expressive and address special attention to gestures , glances and movements ; however , some excessive familiar touches cannot overcome a little boring screenplay . It lacks the baroque , bizarre excesses of Johnny Guitar , Nicholas Ray's first Western . At the end takes place the usual dispute between protagonists , James Cagney and John Derek , both of them share a mythical confrontation . Good acting by James Gagney as an ex-con becoming sheriff who tries to curb his own anger at the injustices he has suffered ; this is the second of three westerns that Cagney made , his first western was "The Oklahoma Kid" (1939) and his third and final one was "Tribute To A Bad Man" (1956). His embittered young as well as antagonistic companion was middlingly played by John Derek . The support cast is pretty good , being magnificent played by a group of splendid secondaries such as Ray Teal , Ernest Borgnine , Denver Pyle , Grant Whiters , Jack Lambert and final film of Jean Hersholt. Colorful cinematography by Daniel L Fapp , though rereleased in black-and-white and an alright remastering being necessary . Producers acknowledge with thanks the cooperation of the department of Interior National Park Service for the scenes photographed in the Aztec ruins , National Monument Aztec , New Mexico .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Nicholas Ray , though some moments results to be tiring and slow-moving . Nicholas has a sensitive handling of actors and provides an exact compositional sense . Ray is a classic director , his films deal with a deep description of civilized societies , he believes that corruption is an essential part of it , that society punishes sincerity , innocence and love, vengeance and greed determine the behavior of people. Other ordinary themes is the gulf between generations : the older and the youngest . Nicholas Ray is concerned adolescence and youth, to which he devotes a later work , just like "Rebel without a Cause", 1955 . He denounces violence in American society and shows the rough face of frustration and sexual repression . As the great and stylish filmmaker Nicholas Ray working at the peak of his powers in Knock on Any Door with Humphrey Bogart and again John Derek . Other successes of this master filmmaker shooting all kinds of genres are the followings : Wartime such as Flying Leathernecks , Bitter victory , Noir : Party Girl , Wetern : Johnny Guitar , The True Story of Jesse James , Adventure : The Savage Innocents , Wind Across the Everglades and the epics : 55 Days at Peking ,Kings of Kings .


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