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The Violent Men (1955)

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A Union ex-officer plans to sell up to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner and the outfit's bully-boy tactics make him think ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
John Parrish
Lew Wilkison
Dianne Foster ...
Judith Wilkison
Cole Wilkison
May Wynn ...
Caroline Vail
Warner Anderson ...
Jim McCloud
Basil Ruysdael ...
Tex Hinkleman
Lita Milan ...
Wade Matlock
James Westerfield ...
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A Union ex-officer plans to sell up to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner and the outfit's bully-boy tactics make him think again. When one of his hands is murdered he decides to stay and fight, utilising his war experience. Not all is well at Anchor with the owner's wife carrying on with his brother who anyway has a Mexican moll in town. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>, corrected by Michael Morrison

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VOLCANIC! VALIANT! VICIOUS! Violence and Passion the Screen Has Seldom Seen!




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Release Date:

January 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bandits  »

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The previous comment is totally incorrect as if you notice the daughter is wearing her gloves when inside the house arguing with her father. Then when she is leaving she grabs her hat from a stand next to the door and leaves. See more »


John Parrish: My stock alone's worth more.
Lee Wilkison: We don't figure that way. We figure what it's worth to get you off the land without fights.
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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

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Don't make me fight, you won't like my way of fighting.
21 August 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

One type of western I greatly enjoy is when the apparently weak, which is reluctant to fight and answer the challenge of the strong, finally decides there is no other way. There is a great moment in this film when John Parrish (Glenn Ford) goes into the saloon and decides to stand up to the gunfighter Wade Matlock. It is the type of scene that makes the audience applaud. In my opinion The Violent Men is a great western, I would rank it among the best. It makes great use of the wide screen, a spectacular scenery of the mountains. The women have a crucial part. Caroline (May Winn) is engaged to Parrish, but you feel that she is only using him as a means of getting out of there and moving east. She wants him to sell the ranch no matter what price. Martha (Barbara Stanwick), is tired of helping her crippled husband Lee (Edward G. Robinson) but she will do anything to have an always bigger ranch and more power. Meanwhile she is betraying her husband with his brother (Brian Keith). Her daughter Judith (Diane Foster) is seeing all that happens but feeling impotent to react because she does not want to hurt her father. Parrish unites all the small farmers and uses the strategy he learned in the army to go against the Anchor ranch. Like he had warned Lee, "Don't make me fight because you won't like my way of fighting".

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