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
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"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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