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The Hard Man (1957)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  December 1957 (USA)
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A lawman becomes a deputy in a town where he suspects the friend he had to kill in self defense, was framed for murder.



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Cast overview:
Steve Burden
Valerie French ...
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Rice Martin
Barry Atwater ...
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Robert Burton ...
Sheriff Hacker
Rudy Bond ...
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Steve Burden is a former lawman released for bringing in too many wanted men dead. The aging Sheriff of El Solito wants Steve for his Deputy and Steve takes the job knowing the last outlaw he killed was framed in El Solito. Looking for the man that framed him it appears that Rice Martin who controls El Solito is his man and Steve is quickly in trouble when Martin sends a man to kill him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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He's Got the Southwest...Over a Gun-Barrel!




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December 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reif für den Galgen  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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Columbia Pictures released this film on a double feature with The Long Haul (1957) with the tag line: "The Long Haul will DELIGHT You! The Hard Man Will EXCITE You!" See more »


In two scenes, there are cart tracks on the ground from previous takes - when Larry brings his father's body to town and when Burden brings Kane back to town. See more »

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Unremarkable But Watchable
2 September 2004 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

The Hard Man does not stand out as anything unique, but it is an entertaining western that can hold your interest during viewing. Guy Madison does fine as the stalwart lawman/gunfighter brought in to clean up the town. Valerie French has the requisite beauty as the femme fatale, although it sounds as if her voice was dubbed by another actress. The greatest revelation about the Hard Man is seeing a pre-Ben Cartwright Lorne Greene play a ruthless, utterly despicable villain. This was made several years before Bonanza began, and Greene makes the most of playing the bad guy. This alone makes the movie worth watching. The Hard Man is a fine Western to watch to pass the time. The only thing noteworthy is to watch this while comparing Greene's character to his future Ben Cartwright role.

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