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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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Marshal Cass Silver
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Sally
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Thad Anderson
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Honest John Barrett
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Jake
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Jim Dexter
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Pike
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Chico
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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>

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The prize beauty of a lawless frontier! See more »

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Western

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May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Furchtlosen  »

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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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

After the purchase of the novel in December 1952 Victor Mature, Robert Wagner and Debra Paget were tentatively set for the leads and that Frank P. Rosenberg was going to produce for 20th Century Fox. See more »

Goofs

When the sheriff brings in two men for attempted robbery, he puts them in the cell without removing their gun belts. See more »

Quotes

Honest John Barrett, Owner Palace Saloon: You don't come with the best recommendations - a temper and the son of a dead gunslinger.
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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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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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