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Ride the Man Down (1952)

Approved | | Western | 25 November 1952 (USA)
Disputes over a dead man's property escalate into a bloody range war.


Joseph Kane


Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay), Luke Short (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Donlevy ... Bide Marriner
Rod Cameron ... Will Ballard
Ella Raines ... Celia Evarts
Forrest Tucker ... Sam Danfelser
Barbara Britton ... Lottie Priest
Chill Wills ... Ike Adams
J. Carrol Naish ... Sheriff Joe Kneen
Jim Davis ... Red Courteen
Taylor Holmes ... Lowell Priest
James Bell ... John Evarts
Paul Fix ... Ray Cavanaugh
Al Caudebec Al Caudebec ... Mel Young
Roydon Clark ... Jim Young
Roy Barcroft ... Russ Schultz
Douglas Kennedy ... Harve Garrison


During the 1892 blizzard, pioneer ranching magnate Phil Evarts dies. His Hatchet Ranch is inherited by brother John and daughter Celia. However, much of the ranch is on free grazing land. Many of the local ranchers and cattlemen try to take advantage of Phil Evarts' death by grazing on this land and using its water for free. Ranchers Harve Garrison, Russ Schultz and Ray Cavanaugh desire the Hatchet Ranch's rich grazing land and take it with impunity. Others, like greedy rancher Bide Marriner, want it all for themselves. Even cattle rustlers, like Red Courteen, get involved by rustling cattle from the Evarts family whose power they resent. Because the old rancher Phil Evarts isn't around to protect the Hatchet Ranch anymore, his trusted foreman, Will Ballard, steps-in to safeguard the interests of Phil Evarts' heirs, especially Celia's whom he adores. Celia's fiance, Sam Danfelser, is the jealous type but Celia assures him that she only loves him and she only considers Will a good ... Written by nufs68

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Luke Short's Saturday Evening Post Fighting Story!




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Screenwriter Mary C. McCall Jr. said of this film, "From the outset this was as happy a spell of work as occurs but rarely in a screenwriter's life. [Director Joseph Kane] is an admirer of Luke Short's work. I loved the novel. In transferring the story to the visual medium we didn't have any problems." See more »


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Woman not in fluff rolls
25 March 2020 | by Bgappl07See all my reviews

I am a long time fan of westerns I got it from my father when I was gosh from two years old on he loved them all the TV shows & the movies This movie totally pleasantly surprised me the plot was a typical western good plot but the roles for the women; -I was not familiar with Ella Raines she's not the most beautiful nor the most "curvaceous" but she plays the part of a woman running a ranch even the woman Lotte who is supposed to be more feminine "curvaceous" was also a strong character you just didn't see this in westerns actually in many films we still don't see it today so all in all characters plot calibre of acting layout it was a very satisfying western movie.

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Release Date:

25 November 1952 (USA) See more »

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Ride the Man Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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