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Man in the Shadow (I) (1957)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  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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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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VIOLENCE AND FEAR GRIPPED THIS LAND OF THE LAWLESS! (all original posters-all caps) 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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Orson Welles rewrote sections of the script. See more »

Quotes

Ab Begley: You're making a mistake, Ben!
Ben Sadler: [Firmly] Look, in this office I'm the judge of that, and let's not forget that!
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Referenced in The Veil: Summer Heat (1958) See more »

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man in the shadows
5 June 2006 | by (atlanta) – See all my reviews

This is a good "pre-civil rights movement" western, continuing in the tradition of "High Noon" and "Bad Day at Black Rock". Colleen Miller plays Orson Welles daughter, (not his wife as someone posted previously.) Jeff Chandler (who died way too young at 42) is the sheriff and conscience in the film and he does a good job in this role. The fact that the cowboys have beaten a defenseless Chincano to death is something that most citizens in the town would rather forget.Chandler's character and his family are harassed by the murderous and prejudiced cowboys who work for Welles.The climax of this film is hard to watch even today. The director was Jack Arnold,who was great at expressing his opinions in low-budget films,such as "It Came from Outer Space" and "The Tattered Dress."


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