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The Lusty Men (1952)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Sport | 24 October 1952 (USA)
Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.

Directors:

Nicholas Ray, Robert Parrish (uncredited)

Writers:

Horace McCoy (written for the screen by), David Dortort (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Louise Merritt
Robert Mitchum ... Jeff McCloud
Arthur Kennedy ... Wes Merritt
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Booker Davis
Frank Faylen ... Al Dawson
Walter Coy ... Buster Burgess
Carol Nugent ... Rusty Davis
Maria Hart ... Rosemary Maddox
Lorna Thayer ... Grace Burgess
Burt Mustin ... Jeremiah Watrus
Karen Randle ... Ginny Logan (as Karen King)
Jimmie Dodd ... Red Logan
Eleanor Todd ... Babs
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Storyline

When he sustains a rodeo injury, star rider Jeff McCloud returns to his hometown after many years of absence. He signs on as a hired hand with a local ranch, where he befriends fellow ranch hand Wes and his wife Louise. Wes has big dreams of owning his own little farm, and rodeo winnings could help finance it. Wes convinces Jeff to coach him in the rodeo ways, but Louise has her doubts. She doesn't want her man to end up a broken down rodeo bum like Jeff McCloud. Despite Louise's concern, the threesome hit the road in their Woody, chucking a secure present for an unknown future. Will they find success or sorrow? This picture features plenty of rodeo action and thrills. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Taglines:

A Fast Buck... A Fast Bronc... A Fast Thrill!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This Man is Mine See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The world's first rodeo was held July 4, 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado. Cities such as Pecos, TX, Prescott, AZ, and Payson, AZ have also laid claim to the title, but Deer Trail has been officially recognized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) as the first. See more »

Goofs

During the Tucson Rodeo sequence, bull rider [Chet?] Peterson switches hands mid-ride. See more »

Quotes

Louise Merritt: Wes tells me you once made three thousand dollars in one day, rodeoin'.
Jeff McCloud: That's right.
Louise Merritt: And threw it all away.
Jeff McCloud: Oh, I didn't throw it away. It just sorta'... floated.
Louise Merritt: That's pretty stupid, breakin' all your bones, then lettin' the money go.
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Connections

Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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Great 50's Classic
9 October 2005 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

After viewing this film, it is truly a great 1950's classic with outstanding acting by the entire cast; and a great story with a realistic view of what the Rodeo life really is and the pain and suffering that is experienced by men and woman. Robert Mitchum(Jeff McCloud),"Farewell',My Lovely",'75, played a real calm cool veteran star of the Cowboy game shows and was very successful, but was beginning to show wear and tear. Arthur Kennedy, (Wes Merritt),"Peyton Place",'57, was originally a ranch hand trying to buy his dream house for his wife Louise Merritt,(Susan Hayward),"With A Song in My Heart",'52, and loved her husband very much. However, when Wes Merritt got together with Jeff McCloud, all hell broke loose and Louise did everything she could to hog tie her husband down from very hot women, wild horses, and bulls with angry tempers. Great film, don't miss it, it will be around for many generations to enjoy.


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