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The Lonely Man (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 21 June 1957 (France)
Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.



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Complete credited cast:
Jacob Wade
Riley Wade
King Fisher
Ben Ryerson
Willie (as Elisha Cook)
Blackburn (as Claude A. Akins)
Harry Shannon ...
Dr. Fisher
Judge Hart
Brad, Red Bluff Sheriff
Sundown Whipple
Paul Newlan ...
Fence Green (as Paul 'Tiny' Newlan)
Ada Marshall
Singer (voice)


Gunslinger Jacob Wade finds his long-abandoned son Riley, now a young man who hates his father but has nowhere else to go. Hoping to settle down, Jacob finds no town will have him. They end at Monolith, the ranch of Jacob's former girlfriend Ada, to whom he had no intention of returning. A mustang hunt finds Riley himself attracted to the shapely Ada...and Jacob having trouble with his eyesight. And his visions of a quiet life are doomed by the re-appearance of enemies from his past... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Two of today's most publicized personalities Anthony Perkins and Jack Palance teamed in a great outdoor drama!


Drama | Western


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Release Date:

21 June 1957 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre solitario  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Elaine Aiken. See more »


Ben Ryerson: [to Riley] Man calls me a liar - I'll kill 'em! You're not a man. You're a boy!
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The Lonely Man
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Van Cleave
Performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
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A so-so western from a mediocre director
17 October 2014 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Anthony Perkins had yet to find his feet when he made "The Lonely Man" in 1957, cast as former outlaw Jack Palance's son, but he's remarkably assured nevertheless. It's a so-so western from a mediocre director, Henry Levin, with Palance the lonely man of the title, wanting to go straight but finding both the law and his former partners doing all they can to see that he doesn't. A first class supporting cast, (Neville Brand, Robert Middleton, Lee Van Cleef, Claude Akins) ensure that it's never less than watchable and it's very handsomely photographed in black and white VistaVision by Lionel Lindon. It's a pity the script never really develops the characters beyond the one-dimensional and now it is very seldom shown.

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