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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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


Jacob Wade: Where ya goin'?
Jacob Wade: Feed myself.
Jacob Wade: Man feeds his horse first.
Riley Wade: Well, I guess I got a lot to learn... not from you.
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The Lonely Man
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Van Cleave
Performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
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14 May 2003 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I looked at all the comments made for this film, but I feel I need to mention what's good about it. The acting and characters are first-rate and there are several familiar faces. The black and white cinematography is the best I've ever seen in a western...The location is wonderful--all in all the best looking western ever!!!! These things alone make it worth watching... I agree that the plot has lots of holes and needs some explaining at times, and answers to many questions are never given... But give this film a try...it's still very good!

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