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Man in the Shadow (I) (1957)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  January 1958 (USA)
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Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go to far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's.

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Cast

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Virgil Renchler
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Skippy Renchler
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Ab Begley
Barbara Lawrence ...
Helen Sadler
John Larch ...
Ed Yates
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Hank James
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Aiken Clay
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Herb Parker
Leo Gordon ...
Chet Huneker
Martin Garralaga ...
Jesus Cisneros
Mario Siletti ...
Tony Santoro, the barber
Charles Horvath ...
Len Bookman
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Jim Shaney
Joseph J. Greene ...
Harry Youngquist
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Storyline

In effect, modern cow town Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler, owner of the Golden Empire Ranch. One night, two of Virgil's henchmen go a little too far and beat a "bracero" ranch hand to death. Faced with an obvious cover-up and opposition on every hand, sheriff Ben Sadler is goaded into investigating. His unlikely ally: Renchler's lovely, self-willed and overprotected daughter. Will Ben survive Renchler's wrath? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THIS WAS THE NIGHT WHEN THE LAW TURNED LAWLESS...to win back the justice a town had betrayed! (ORIGINAL PRINT AD) See more »


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January 1958 (USA)  »

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Seeds of Wrath  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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The role of Virgil Renchler was originally supposed to be played by Robert Middleton. The William Morris Agency instead suggested Orson Welles, who badly needed money to pay tax. See more »

Quotes

Helen Sadler: What will happen to Spurline without the business from the ranch?
Ben Sadler: What'll happen to it without the law?
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Referenced in Senda torcida (1963) See more »

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Great Jeff Chandler Classic Film
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great film with great Classic actors and producers, namely: Jeff Chandler, (Ben Sadler),"Return to Peyton Place",'61, who plays the role of a Sheriff in town and has to deal with race relations and bigots. Orson Welles,(Virgil Renchler),"Hot Money",'83, is the so-called boss of the town and has all the town folks wrapped around his little pinkie. Colleen Miller,(Skippy Renchler),"Step Down to Terror",'58, is married to Virgil and is a pretty hot number that puts some sex into this semi-Western. Barbara Lawrence,(Helen Sadler),is the wife of Ben and does her very best to stand by her man no matter what people think of him and punch him to death quite often. Jeff Chandler passed away at the early age of 42 and was at the height of his career and made only a few more pictures after this Classic film of 1957.


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