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The Proud Ones (1956)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  May 1956 (USA)
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Marshal Cass Silver has to deal with his old nemesis, a corrupt gambler, and his hired guns come to town as well as recurring bouts of blindness.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Marshal Cass Silver
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Sally
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Thad Anderson
Robert Middleton ...
Honest John Barrett
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Jake
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Jim Dexter
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Pike
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Chico
George Mathews ...
Dillon
Fay Roope ...
Markham
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Dr. Barlow
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Mr. Sam Bolton
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Storyline

Marshal Silver is run out of town under suspicion of being a trigger-happy killer after shooting a hired gun of Honest John Barrett. A placid life in a new town is interrupted by the reappearance of Barrett, old enemies and the son of the hired gun from years ago, Anderson. Written by Doug White <dwhite@ccpl.carr.lib.md.us>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A MAN OF FIERCE PRIDE...and six-guns to match! See more »

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Western

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Furchtlosen  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In February 1955 Gregory Peck was set to star. See more »

Goofs

The bowls on the table (at 8.21 mins - 8.26 mins) disappear/are re-arranged between shots. See more »

Quotes

[the town council asks Cass to resign]
Mr. Sam Bolton, Owner Boltons Emporium: I hope you don't take this as a personal reflection on you, Cass.
Cass Silver, Marshal Flat Rock Kansas: No, Sam, I don't. I take it as a personal reflection on you - all of you! The minute you people smelled money, this town got an attack of larceny. I don't blame it on Barrett; I blame it you. You're supposed to be respectable. You talk about law and order; you'd sell out for a copper penny - any one of you. You're robbin' and stealin' the same as he is, with your fifty dollar boots and your ...
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Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Traditional american ballad with lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858
Played on saloon piano
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good story, good actors. good cinematography.
22 June 2006 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"The Proud Ones" can be considered one of the best westerns of the fifties. It is a forgotten film which also was not very noticed when it was originally released. Adapted from a book by Verne Athanas, it stars Robert Ryan who has to choose between being proud and face Robert Middleton, the saloon owner and his gang on an suicidal task or listen to the advice of the woman he loves, Virginia Mayo and the town people (who are motivated by greed) and run away. This is aggravated because he is losing his eyesight. There is also Thad (Jeffrey Hunter) whose father was killed by Ryan, when according to witnesses he was unarmed. How Ryan is going to face his task with the help of Hunter is what the film manages to tell us in a very convincing way and there resides its greatest merit. It is not easy to explain Ryan's and Hunter's motivation but the good story, combined with the competent performances and good direction makes all the difference. Lucien Ballard who was Budd Boetticher's favorite cinematographer adds a lot to the film which was made in Cinemascope, and therefore is a pleasure to see nowadays on a wide screen television. Remarkable also is the soundtrack with a great melody that seems to be whistled.


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