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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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,261,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,423,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,850,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in March of 1868; as denoted by the wanted poster and Lt. Roy Anderson's discharge papers; however the revolver used throughout the movie is the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army. Also the the rifle should be the Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" so named because of its yellow colored receiver; it is obviously a later model Winchester lacking the coloration. See more »

Quotes

Ben Vandergroat: Now ain't that the way? A man gets set for trouble head-on and it sneaks up behind him every time!
Roy Anderson: That's life.
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Referenced in Director Rolf De Heer Interviewed by David Stratton (2003) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
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Composed by Stephen Foster (1864)
Instrumental version integrated into soundtrack
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Why should you split the bounty? Can you get the money and the girl?
7 December 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Anthony Mann directs one of the best filmed westerns ever. A bounty hunter(James Stewart) is on the trail of a murderer(Robert Ryan)who is headed toward California with a lovely younger woman(Janet Leigh). Along the way Stewart picks up the aid of an old prospector(Millard Mitchell)and a former soldier(Ralph Meeker). The prey is captured and bound and his cockiness causes the trio of bounty seekers to start turning on each other. A lot can happen on the way back to Kansas. Filmed in the Rocky Mountains, NAKED SPUR is one of the best cinematic westerns of its time. Stewart is pretty much Stewart, but I am more impressed with Ryans' attitude that almost steals the show. Very good story line, great scenery and expected thrills filmed in beautiful Technicolor.


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