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Cast a Long Shadow (1959)

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A young man without surname inherits a big indebted ranch and has to prove his worthiness managing a cattle drive



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Complete credited cast:
Matt Brown
Janet Calvert
Chip Donohue
Sam Mullen
Rita Lynn ...
Preacher Harrison
Charlotte Calvert
Stacy Harris ...
Eph Brown (as Stacy S. Harris)
Robert Foulk ...
Hugh Rigdon
Wright King ...
Noah Pringle


Matt Brown is a penniless drunk who gets into brawls often times. He also plays poker when he has money. During a fight over a poker game, Matt is saved by Chip Donahue, the foreman of the Keenan ranch. Chip tels Matt that old man Jake Keenan died and he left his 87,000 acre ranch and fortune to Matt. Keenan had no family other than his illegitimate son, Matt. Whilst he was alive, old man Keenan never recognized Matt as his son and also treated Matt's mother very badly. Back at the ranch in Lobos, New Mexico, Matt rekindles his relationship with his former girlfriend, Janet Calvert. They decide to marry, despite her brothers' reluctance to accept Matt and in spite of Sam Mullen's advances toward Janet. Her brothers would rather see her marry Sam Mullen than Matt. When Janet's mother gives her blessings to Matt, things calm down and a celebration starts. Meanwhile, Chip Donahue the ranch foreman, discovers bank documents in the ranch's safe. These documents show that old man Jake ... Written by nufs68

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With the right budget it could have been quite a western.
12 November 2004 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This film has a good story, also good actors, the problem is that it seems that it was done with the lowest budget possible. Terry Moore, who was a pretty, sexy and good actress looks unhappy here (also does not look as pretty as usual) and I had the feeling she left before the film was finished, I could be wrong, but either that or the director did a bad job. Audie Murphy is very good as the irresponsible son of a wealthy man, who suddenly has to either succeed him in administering his property or accept a sum of money and continue with his wasted life.The fact that it was done in black and white in 1959 gives it a certain charm nowadays. It is however curious, considering that Murphy's westerns since the early fifties were always in color. The film goes so fast that one cannot absorb the change in character that Murphy goes through. Still, it is entertaining. I am sure that with the right budget it could have been quite a western.

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