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Man in the Shadow (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 22 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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Virgil Renchler
Colleen Miller ...
Skippy Renchler
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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
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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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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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22 January 1958 (USA)  »

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Seeds of Wrath  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,530,000, 31 December 1957
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles rewrote sections of the script. See more »

Goofs

Many characters comment about the heat, saying the temperature must be well over 100 degrees, yet even though they are all wearing long sleeves, ties, even suits, no one is ever sweating. The only ones with even a bit moisture on them are the old man and one of the henchmen. 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 Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

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Its no Citizen Kane, but its also no David and Goliath
5 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

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...

7/10.


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