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Man in the Shadow (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | January 1958 (USA)
Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go too 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
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Helen Sadler
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Ed Yates
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Hank James
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Aiken Clay
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Herb Parker
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Chet Huneker
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Jesus Cisneros
Mario Siletti ...
Tony Santoro, the barber
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Len Bookman
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Jim Shaney
Joseph J. Greene ...
Harry Youngquist
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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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(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

Ben Sadler: [to Renchler] You can push your wetbacks and your white trash around all you want, but don't try it on me.
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Referenced in Senda torcida (1963) See more »

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" Just how much is a man's life worth in dollars and sense? "
25 April 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The law in the nineteen fifties was straight forward enough, if you happen to be white. Minorities on the other hand were lucky if ever there were men behind the badge with the willingness to stand up to wealthy, powerful men. This 1950's film was directed by Jack Arnold and written by Gene L.Coon. It depicts the story of Ben Sadler (Jeff Chandler) the town's sheriff, who is informed of the death of Jesus Cisneros (Martin Garralaga), an immigrant worker or 'Bracero' who is murdered by two ranch hands. From the moment the sheriff begins his investigation into the murder, he is besieged by local town's people of the danger of taking on Mr. Virgil Renchler (Orsen Wells) the most powerful man in the state. Still, Sadler is determined to bring the two men to justice. John Larch, Royal Dano, Paul Fix, Leo Gordon and William Schallert are among the most notable actors who give life to this otherwise Black and white picture. The acting is good and so too is the dark drama, which allows the movie to be interesting. Chandler gives a powerful performance and shows why he became a popular staple of the era. ****


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