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Man in the Shadow (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | January 1958 (USA)
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
Colleen Miller ...
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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"I'M YOUR LAW...yet you tell me to forget about Violence and Murder!" (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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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 income taxes he owned to the Internal Revenue Service. See more »

Goofs

There is a phone line from the front gate to the main house, a distance of four miles. There are no poles and wires. See more »

Quotes

Ab Begley: [Referring to Cisneros' accusations] Ben, you're not going to take this seriously?
Ben Sadler: They pay me to take things seriously.
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Black Rock, Laramie, High Noon and On the Waterfront.
7 June 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Like "Bad Day at Black Rock" this is a modern western, and also someone tries to throw the hero's car off the road. Like "High Noon" it tells the story of a sheriff that goes against the whole town's opinion to face the bad guys. Like "The Man From Laramie" the hero is dragged, but by a pick up truck and not by a horse. Like "On the Waterfront" even though he is badly hurt…etc. etc. "Man in the Shadow" is a good film, it grabs your attention. Jeff Chandler is excellent as the sheriff and Orson Welles is great as always. It could be a very good film if it would not be for the fact that specially on the last half you feel you are seeing something that you have seen before.


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