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The Proud Ones (1956)

Approved | | Western | May 1956 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Marshal Cass Silver
Thad Anderson
Honest John Barrett
Jim Dexter
Fay Roope ...
Dr. Barlow
Mr. Sam Bolton


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>

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




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Release Date:

May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Furchtlosen  »

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In February 1955 Gregory Peck was set to star. See more »


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


Cass Silver, Marshal Flat Rock Kansas: Thanks again.
Thad Anderson: What for?
Cass Silver, Marshal Flat Rock Kansas: For taking the job. You can always hire fools and drunkards to do something, but when trouble comes, men are hard to find... real men, I mean.
Thad Anderson: Well, maybe I'm the fool.
Cass Silver, Marshal Flat Rock Kansas: Maybe.
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
Traditional american ballad with lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858
Played on saloon piano
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Intriguing and thrilling Western about a honest marshal has to confront a vicious saloonkeeper and his henchmen
28 July 2015 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The movie contains gun-play , Western noisy action , thrills , exciting spectacle and hard-biting interpretations . Offbeat Western about an almost-blind marshal with recurring bouts of blindness and taking on a nasty bandit . The rowdy ,free-spending cowboys attracted saloon keepers , gamblers , brothels and all types of frontier riff-raff , the town became notorious for its lawlessness , but there was Marshal Cass Silver (Robert Ryan) . After arrival the railway in town , Marshal Cass has to face off villains , killers and other mean people . Meanwhile , a cowboy called Thad Anderson (Jeffrey Hunter) comes to town with a cattle drive and meets Sheriff Silver , who murdered Anderson's dad when he was young . But his revengeful feelings of animosity soon change when Cass is telling the truth about his daddy . Later on , there appears his old nemesis , a corrupt gambler named John Barrett (Robert Middleton) and Cass has to deal with his hoodlums (Rodolfo Acosta , Ken Clark) . But here is a problem however , Cass is blind and he gets to hitting the dust .

The film packs violence , shootouts , high body-count , it's fast moving and quite entertaining . It's a medium budget film with good actors , technicians , production values and pleasing results . A good Western of the kind that was already close in the then changing climate of Hollywood , what follows result to be Westerns in which stand out the twilight style , typical of the sixties . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes ; it continues to thicken to the inevitable final showdown . As the movie displays shot'em up , frantic action , thrills and moving pieces . It's a stirring Western with breathtaking confrontation between two leading roles , Robert Ryan/Jeffrey Hunter , and their enemies , Robert Middleton , Ken Clark , Rodolfo Acosta . Robert Ryan interprets efficiently an aging marshal responsible for law and order in a frontier cattle town , Jeffrey Hunter is cool as his young colleague and Robert Middleton is nice as a ruthless saloonkeeper . Virginia Mayo more used to work in Warner Brothers Musical seems miscast as the girlfriend . Support cast is pretty good such as Ken Clark , Rodolfo Acosta as hired guns . Special mention for the latter , Rodolfo Acosta , in his ordinary role as a cruelly baddie , he is terrific, and bears a hysterical and mocking aspect , subsequently he would play similar characters . Furthermore , Arthur O'Connell , Edward Platt , Whit Bissell , Richard Deacon , Jackie Coogan and a wasted Walter Brennan as an old deputy . Enjoyable score , including a catching whistled theme tune that may stay with you for some while . Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by Lucien Ballard , Peckinpah's usual .

Screenplay by Petrarca and prestigious Edmund H North with interesting premise about a 'blind gunfighter' , subsequently taken by Japanese series starred by ¨Zaitochi¨, a blind swordsman from the 60s and being recently remade by Takeshi Kitano . This attractive theme about a blind gunslinger is also treated in other Westerns such as ¨The Blindman¨ by Ferdinando Baldi with Tony Anthony and Ringo Starr , ¨An eye for eye¨ by Michael Moore with Robert Lansing , ¨Minessota Clay¨ with Cameron Mitchell , directed by Sergio Corbucci and ¨Blind Justice¨ (1994) by Richard Spence with Armand Assante , Robert Davi and Elizabeth Shue .

¨The proud ones¨ was expertly staged by Robert D. Webb who carried out an exciting climax of the picture . Robert Webb makes a nice camera work with clever choreography on the showdown , fighting , moving shootouts and suspenseful set pieces . Robert D Webb was the last person to win the short lived Oscar category "Best Assistant Director" . Often worked as assistant to the director Henry King . Directed Elvis Presley in his first feature film , Love Me Tender (1956) . Robert was an assistant director and director, known for Beneath the 12-mile reef , (1953), Seven Cities of Gold (1955) , Love Me Tender (1956) , this The proud ones (1956) , Pirates of Tortuga (1961) and The Cape Town affair (1967) . ¨The proud ones¨ is an outlandish , surprising and uneven story but will appeal to Western aficionados . Rating : 6.5/10 , riotous Western in which there's too much action and violence and excitement enough

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