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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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On the second morning, when Nadine comes down the basement stairs, we can see that she is wearing 1950s style high-heeled shoes. See more »

Quotes

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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Ray Milland and Mary Murphy
28 February 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

First time director Ray Milland must have scored a success with this psychological Western typical of the 1950s, as he went on to both direct and star in four more features- 1956's "Lisbon," 1958's "The Safecracker," 1962's "Panic in Year Zero!" and 1967's "Hostile Witness." In the role of Wesley Steele, a gunman of ill repute, having to kill simply to survive, director Milland begins the film with nearly a half hour without (much) dialogue. Steele discovers a massacred stagecoach, five people shot dead (including a little girl), all the money gone. He soon finds himself in a most unfriendly town, where the hapless deputy (Alan Hale Jr.) prefers to shoot first and ask questions later; incredibly, the safest place for Steele to hide from a possible lynching turns out to be the Sheriff's quarantined home, due to his being bedridden with yellow fever. Lovely Mary Murphy, Marlon Brando's leading lady in "The Wild One," is entrusted with the most difficult role, the Sheriff's daughter, who naturally falls for the much older Steele, and capably manages the feat of growing up from 'daddy's little girl' to feisty heroine, inspiring Wes to return to clear his name, and redeeming her own father (Ward Bond), who had fallen under the crooked influence of town banker and criminal mastermind Raymond Burr. You can't go wrong with a supporting cast that includes Lee Van Cleef, Douglas Spencer, Thomas Browne Henry, and Arthur Space. Unfortunately for Mary Murphy, her screen career wound down all too quickly, though television kept her busy for another two decades. Horror/sci fi buffs remember her turns in 1951's "When Worlds Collide," 1954's "The Mad Magician," and 1957's "The Electronic Monster."


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