Man in the Shadow (I) (1957)

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


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

January 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seeds of Wrath  »

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$600,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Although Orson Welles' character claims that his ranch is bigger than five European countries, Albert Zugsmith's low budget didn't allow for a single cow to be shown. See more »


Ben Sadler: There isn't a yard of guts in this whole town. This isn't a town, it's a trained dog act! I'm tired of gettin' pushed around! One way or another I'm gonna get myself a couple of murderers tonight.
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Its no Citizen Kane, but its also no David and Goliath

I'm going to make no apologies for this: I am an Orson Welles fiend. I've seen everything he's directed, and have moved onto chasing down all the little cameos he did to finance his other pictures. I can't explain it, its just a thing. So bear that in mind when you read the following.

For people who sit through all kinds of trash hoping to catch a glimpse of Orson Welles, this movie is a 8/10. Its one of the better ones. It has value. He is a main role, a sort of villain type. He is in more than a few scenes. Feels like half of the picture.

The value here is that the movie is a fun schlocky noir movie, and that Orson appears with little makeup, just one of his noses by the look of it. Highly recommended for my kind of people.

Now, for people who don't care about Orson Welles, this movie is also not bad. Its a pretty fun B-movie. I'd say only a 5/10 though. For balance, therefore...


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