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The Bravados (1958)

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Jim Douglas has been relentlessly pursuing the four outlaws who murdered his wife, but finds them in jail about to be hanged. While he waits to witness their execution, they escape; and the... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Douglass
Josefa Velarde
Bill Zachary
Ed Taylor
Kathleen Gallant ...
Emma Steimmetz
Barry Coe ...
Gus Steimmetz
Herbert Rudley ...
Sheriff Sanchez
Alfonso Parral
Ken Scott ...
Primo - Deputy Sheriff
Gene Evans ...
John Butler
Ninos Cantores de Morelia Choral Group ...
Themselves (as The Niños Cantores De Morelia Choral Group)


Jim Douglas has been relentlessly pursuing the four outlaws who murdered his wife, but finds them in jail about to be hanged. While he waits to witness their execution, they escape; and the townspeople enlist Douglas' aid to recapture them. Written by David Levene <>

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1 August 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Bravados  »

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While filming Gregory Peck decided to become a cowboy in real life, so he purchased a vast working ranch near Santa Barbara, California - already stocked with 600 head of prize cattle. See more »


When the wounded sheriff staggers into the church (c.35') the bloodstain on his shirt does not match the knife wound inflicted earlier. It is significantly lower. See more »


Sheriff Sanchez: Ladies and gentlemen, there's no need for me to tell you - the emergency arose and the man appeared. Mr Douglass, it's not often a man gets to do so much for his neighbors and do it like you did. We want you to know we'll always be grateful... and in our hearts always.
Jim Douglass: Thank you... and in your prayers, please.
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King of Directors
4 May 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Henry King, who directed this picture, had a long and distinguished career that lasted from 1915 from 1962. He directed perhaps as many classic movies as anyone, from TOL'ABLE David (1920) through TENDER IS THE NIGHT (1962). Yet if you look at his sound movies from 1935 on, you will see very little camera movement. Like many of his contemporaries, King set down his camera and let it sit for a while, allowing the movie-goer to make up his mind gradually.

This, however, is a movie of short takes and moving cameras. It might not be apparent to someone familiar with movies shot only in the past twenty years, but watch what happens when Gregory Peck is in the shot: the camera moves like mad to keep him in the frame and you get frequent point of view shots from the character's perspective.

Also watch for the perfectly framed compositions, another hallmark of the directors who started their work in the silent era. A lot of credit, of course, to his regular cameraman, Leonard Shamroy, a great script and marvelous performances.

But that moving camera is not his usual style.

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