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The Lone Hand (1953)

Approved | | Western | 26 June 1953 (USA)
In 1870, widowed farmer Zachary Hallock secretly joins a group of outlaws as a solution to his money problems.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Joseph Hoffman (screenplay), Irving Ravetch (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joel McCrea ... Zachary Hallock
Barbara Hale ... Sarah Jane Skaggs
Alex Nicol ... Jonah Varden
Charles Drake ... George Hadley
Jimmy Hunt ... Joshua Hallock / Narrator
James Arness ... Gus Varden (as Jim Arness)
Roy Roberts ... Mr. Skaggs
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Dunn the Banker
Wesley Morgan Wesley Morgan ... Daniel Skaggs
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Storyline

A farmer, Zachary Hallock (Joel McCrea) & his son Joshua (Jimmy Hunt) try to establish new roots on their farm near a small western town victimized by outlaws. The merchants & ranchers form a vigilante group to oppose the constant threat to their families. They also try to recruit Hallock, but he refuses & instead secretly joins the outlaw band terrorizing the community. His son & new bride Sarah Jane Skaggs (Barbara Hale) don't understand why he has seemly decided to become an outlaw & has turned his back on everything & everyone most dear to him. Written by Uncle Tuck

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They sent Zack Hallett to do the job no man had lived to finish! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mano justiciera See more »

Filming Locations:

Aztec, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,150,000, 31 December 1953
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joel McCrea was seventeen years older than Barbara Hale. Hale was thirty-one at the time of release, which was rather old for a never-married woman in the old west. See more »

Goofs

When the boy is driving the wagon and the men are shooting at it, in the shot from the rear it is clear an adult stuntman was used. The amount of his back seen is much higher above the rail than when the boy was shown driving the wagon. See more »

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Great Scenery, Uneven Story
13 August 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

It may be a B-Western, but Universal popped for some of the best scenery (southwestern Colorado) found in any Western, A or B. I really liked the story's first part, dealing with topics seldom found in any oater—like raising money to buy a farm, horses, a wagon, plus making a home without a woman. In other words, elements of real frontier life too unexciting for most horse operas. But then the plot turns into more conventional cops and robbers, which is okay but hardly memorable.

Telling the story from the boy's point of view is a helpful touch—that way we understand the changes he and his dad are going through. Little Jimmy Hunt is excellent as young Joshua, looking like a real kid instead of a Hollywood charmer. And of course there's McCrea. No cowboy actor gave off an air of quiet nobility better than this underrated actor. Always low-key, he never swaggered like many of his peers or called undue attention to his character. Yet he could exert a quietly persuasive authority when necessary, made more effective by that low-key background. In my little book, he's one of the best of all cowboy actors.

Anyway, it's a good little Western distinguished by the stunning, well-photographed alpine scenery.


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