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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When this film was released in Spain, its title was changed to "Colorado Jim" and the name of James Stewart's character was also changed from "Howard Kemp" to "Colorado Jim", for unknown reasons. See more »

Goofs

Around 14 minutes into the film (when Roy Anderson is attempting climb a boulder with a rope), an equipment shadow can be seen on the portion of the boulder closest to the camera. 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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Connections

Referenced in Stars of the Silver Screen: James Stewart (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer
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Composed by Stephen Foster (1864)
Instrumental version integrated into soundtrack
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a western with a conscience.
28 September 2002 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This western achieves something remarkable, it brings back your sensitivity. From the start of the film, any scene that shows either human beings or even an animal being shot, you feel the bitter taste of it. The bounty hunter which in so many movies was the hero, is shown here with all his indignity. It was not an easy role for James Stewart and he comes out beautifully. Janet Leigh is excellent as a tomboy. As for the scenery of the Rocky Mountains with the predominance of the green of the trees with the snowy mountains on the background, it is on the same level with everything else on this film which can be rated as one of the best westerns ever made.


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