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Man of the West (1958)

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A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

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On his way to hire a schoolteacher, a homesteader is left a hundred miles from anywhere when the train he is on is robbed. With him are an attractive dancehall girl and an untrustworthy gambler and he decides to get shelter nearby from outlaw relatives he used to run with. They don't trust him and he loathes them but they decide he can help them with one last bank job. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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IN THE ROLE THAT FITS HIM LIKE A GUN FITS A HOLSTER! GARY COOPER as the MAN OF THE WEST (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | Romance | Western

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26 December 1958 (France)  »

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Der Mann aus dem Westen  »

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James Stewart eagerly sought the role played by Gary Cooper, but since Stewart had fallen out with director Anthony Mann he did not get the part. See more »

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When the "Man of the West" is waiting for his train and when he finally boards this train, near the beginning of the film, the cloud patterns in the sky change significantly in that short time. See more »

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Link Jones: Lassoo's a ghost town, and that's what you are, Dock! You've outlived your kind and outlived your time, and I'm comin' to get you!
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Man of the West
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Man of the West is an excellent "western" drama, that the time has become memorable.
3 November 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Arizona, 1874. Link Jones, a former gunman devoted to banditry, is today a man leather and married happily. So much so that the community where she lives he has commissioned recruit a new teacher, for which Link has embarked on a train journey fitted with $600.

It's last "western" of Anthony Mann. It's based on the novel "The Border Jumpers" (1955), The film focuses attention on the psychological drama and the physical risks facing a figure that years ago left the life of crime to form a family and live as a citizen respectable. The work contrasts the Old West, wild, violent and dysfunctional, with the New West, peaceful and prosperous, violence, of considerable cruelty, brings to this the past evil and hellish.

The film exalts the individual and collective difficulties imposed by the model change in society, that is why the favourite topics of Mann (family, greed, betrayal, evil, weight of the past, etc.) are present in the history. The dialogs are short and blunt. The narrative is absorbent and entertaining.

The soundtrack of Leigh Harline, sum melodies cheerful and romantic ("Ellis and Link"), topics dramatic ("Death of Sam") and tension ("Fight Link and Coaley"). Add the ballad "Man Of The West", by Bobby Troup Good interpretation of Cooper (57 years), in a role that falls short of age (35 years). The film is an excellent "western" drama, that the time has become memorable.


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