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The Hard Man (1957)

Approved | | Western | December 1957 (USA)
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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Steve Burden
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Fern Martin
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Rice Martin
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George Dennison
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Sheriff Hacker
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John Rodman
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Mitch Willis
Renata Vanni ...
Juanita
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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 <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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

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Reif für den Galgen  »

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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 »

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The walls of Dennison's office building appear to be made of panels painted to look like bricks rather than being of a solid brick construction, as observed when Willis tries to kill Burden and Kane. See more »

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Very turgid story. Avoid the movie, unless you are a Guy Madison fan.
14 December 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

This is a very poor western; I found it difficult to watch. For the first 80% or so, it has a ridiculous, pompous, almost juvenile, turgid screenplay. A second strike against it is that it is bad despite its decent production values and cast. One interesting aspect is that it is unlike most poor movies which often start out as an intriguing, entertaining situation, but are eventually found out for what they are when it's silly plot plays out for all to see. But this movie reverses that -- things actually improve in the end.

Typical of the many embarrassing plot contrivances is when Valerie French, the wife of the overwhelmingly richest man in town, sneaks into Guy Madison's room. She walks up to him (a complete stranger to her); they embrace and she offers to hook up with him if he'll take her from her husband! In another silly scene, Lorne Greene (the husband) is in a Guy Madison-friendly place at night, and he tells Madison that he has hired someone to kill Madison. By all rights Madison could safely and should have killed Greene right there, but no.

Some decent scenes at and near the end of the movie do NOT redeem it: (1) there was a fun, campy whose-afraid-of-Virginia-Wolf-type scene between Greene, French and Greene's lawyer (who is involved with French). They let it all hang out. Greene leaves a gun near the other two; French grabs it, points it at Greene and clicks the trigger, but Greene deliberately left it there unloaded. Still Greene won't let his wife leave him! And (2) there is a suspenseful shoot-out at the end, which leads to a twist in the story.


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