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The Naked Spur (1953)

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A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

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Anthony Mann
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Howard Kemp
Janet Leigh ... Lina Patch
Robert Ryan ... Ben Vandergroat
Ralph Meeker ... Roy Anderson
Millard Mitchell ... Jesse Tate
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Storyline

Howard Kemp is a bounty hunter who's been after killer Ben Vandergroat for a long time. Along the way, Kemp is forced to take on a couple of partners, an old prospector named Jesse Tate and a dishonorably discharged Union soldier, Roy Anderson. When they learn that Vandergroat has a $5000 reward on his head, greed starts to take the better of them. Vandergroat takes every advantage of the situation sowing doubt between the two men at every opportunity finally convincing one of them to help him escape. Written by garykmcd

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Packed with Technicolor Thrills!

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Thriller | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El precio de un hombre See more »

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Budget:

$1,261,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Co-stars James Stewart, Ralph Meeker and Janet Leigh share an Alfred Hitchcock connection. Hitchcock directed Stewart in Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and Vertigo (1958), Meeker in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Revenge (1955) and Leigh in Psycho (1960). See more »

Goofs

When Jesse is shot, a short rock wall is seen right behind him. In all later shots of him laying dead, he's seen in the middle of a flat rocky area. Also, when he's shot, he begins to crouch forward but in later shots is seen lying on his back. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Tate: [Referring to Vandergroat] He's not a man; he's a sack of money!
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Four Men And A Girl on the Trail
13 August 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Naked Spur is another fine western put together by the team of Director Anthony Mann and player James Stewart. Spectacular location photography in the Rocky Mountains lend a ring of authenticity to the story.

That story being Stewart as a bounty hunter on the trail of outlaw/killer Robert Ryan who has a girl a long with him in the attractive form of Janet Leigh. Getting Ryan proves too much so he has to enlist the aid of prospector Millard Mitchell and army deserter Ralph Meeker.

Getting Ryan and Leigh back to collect the reward makes up the bulk of the film. Ryan is one evil, but very sly rogue as he works to turn the men against each other. His is the best performance in a small cast of seasoned performers each of one is fine in his/her part.

The final shoot out is a really well done climax of the story. Alliances shift and not everyone is among the living when the film is over. In fact the title of the picture gives a hint of how James Stewart uses a spur in a unique manner against Ryan.

For fans of westerns and I think non-western fans will find the drama and interaction among the characters entertaining.


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