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A Man Alone (1955)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 28 October 1955 (USA)
A gunfighter's main hope lies in the trust of a beautiful woman who hides him out when he is wrongly suspected of a stagecoach massacre.

Director:

Ray Milland (as R. Milland)

Writers:

John Tucker Battle (screenplay), Mort Briskin (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Wes Steele
Mary Murphy ... Nadine Corrigan
Ward Bond ... Sheriff Gil Corrigan
Raymond Burr ... Stanley
Arthur Space ... Dr. Mason
Lee Van Cleef ... Clanton
Alan Hale Jr. ... Jim Anderson (as Alan Hale)
Douglas Spencer ... Henry Slocum
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Maybanks (as Thomas B. Henry)
Grandon Rhodes ... Luke Joiner
Martin Garralaga ... Ortega
Kim Spalding Kim Spalding ... Sam Hall
Howard Negley ... Wilson (as Howard J. Negley)
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Storyline

A gunfighter, stranded in the desert, comes across the aftermath of a stage robbery, in which all the passengers were killed. He takes one of the horses to ride to town to report the massacre, but finds himself accused of it. He also finds himself accused of the murder of the local banker, and winds up hiding in the basement of a house where the local sheriff, who is very sick, lives with his daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Somewhere in the DARK a Bullet Drilled Home !

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gunman See more »

Filming Locations:

St. George, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Ray Milland. See more »

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After wearing the same clothes for at least 3 nights and three days, Steele's shirt still looks clean and freshly pressed. See more »

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Nadine Corrigan: As I was going to St. Ives, / I met a man with seven wives. / Every wife had seven sacks, / Every sack had seven cats, / Every cat had seven kittens. / Kittens, cats, sacks, wives, / How many were going to St. Ives?
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bit ponderous, but a Western with a difference
29 May 2007 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

The first 30 minutes of this film are very gritty, with Wes Steele in trouble from the start, discovering the stage with its murdered passengers and then becoming a fugitive trapped in a town. Then the film tapers off a bit, and it's a little hard to accept that Nadine comes to trust him so quickly.

I'm conscious of my own pedantry, but have to note that Milland here joins Gary Cooper and Randolph Scott in playing a middle-aged Westerner who has little trouble in attracting a much younger woman - he was 50 when the film was released. And if being the notorious Wes Steele is such a handicap, why not assume a false name - it would have been difficult for the authorities to disprove a false identity. (Richard Egan in "Tension at Table Rock" was another notorious Wes - Tancred in this case and in the ballad that accompanied the film - who diligently signed his real name in hotel registers, only for the clerk to react in distaste.) The "Time Out" review describes Milland's direction as "sometimes a little too ponderously deliberate, but - like the performances - eminently watchable", and I agree with this. The plot made a pleasant change from the run-of-the-mill Westerns of the 1940s and 1950s.


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