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The Man from Bitter Ridge (1955)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 12 April 1955 (USA)
In Tomahawk, the crooked Jackman brothers control the town, Sheriff Dunham is up for re-election, the sheep growers are banned in town and a stagecoach line undercover investigator arrives to catch the gang that regularly robs the stages.


Jack Arnold


Lawrence Roman (screenplay), Teddi Sherman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Jeff Carr
Mara Corday ... Holly Kenton
Stephen McNally ... Alec Black
John Dehner ... Ranse Jackman
Trevor Bardette ... Sheriff Walter Dunham
Ray Teal ... Shep Bascom
Warren Stevens ... Linc Jackman
Myron Healey ... Clem Jackman
John Harmon ... Norman Roberts
John Cliff ... Wolf Landers
Richard Garland ... Jace Gordon


Jeff Carr, a special investigator, arrives in Tomahawk. His assignment is to discover who has been holding up the local stagecoach and is guilty for a series of killings that terrorize the town. Sheepman Alec Black is suspected by the local population but it is not long before Jeff realizes the man is innocent. Alec even becomes a good friend although he is in love with the same woman as him, Holly. Jeff will manage to arrest the real culprits but not before the latter try to compromise him down. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Thrilling and moving story about a mysterious stranger battling enemies who defied the law .
26 April 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Tense , amazing and suspenseful Western with a simple , standard story that engages the viewer until the last scene . In Tomahawk, the crooked Jackman brothers control the town, Sheriff Dunham (Trevor Bardette) is up for re-election, and the sheep growers are banned in town . A drifter called Jeff Carr (Lex Barker) arrives in Tomahawk and investigates stagecoach assaults and he attempts to catch the gang that regularly robs the stages . Along the way he is caught in the middle of a violent range war between cattlemen and sheep-men . Meanwhile, the sheep-men are harassed by their contenders led by a nasty land baron , Jackman (John Dehner) , and his brothers Linc Jackman (Warren Stevens) and Clem Jackman (Myron Healey) . Then , Carr helps Alec Black (Stephen McNally) suspected by the local population , although he is in love with the same woman as him, Holly (Mara Corday) . Flaming days of the Great Mountain Wars! The West's Last Lawless Years! ; the great mountain wars blaze with all their violence! The Roar Of Dynamite! The Thunder Of Stampede!

Entertaining Western including action , thrills , fights , shot'em up and a peculiar love story among Lex Barker , Mara Corday and Stephen McNally . And including a stirring final stand-off that results to be thrilling , charged and riveting .The story is plain and simple , a strong confrontation with a intrigue behind , including ordinary confrontation between Sheepmen and and cattlemen and our hero will manage to arrest the real culprits but not before the latter try to compromise him down . An agreeable and slight tale , almost rudimentary , though full of cliches , as the script lines too often settle for crude routine and paced in fits and starts ; however , packing some surprises . Bursting with appealing , charming characters, including decent filmmaking and interpretation .There is a strong feud between settlers and cattlemen all around the movie and our two-fisted private, undercover investigator has to contend with both , farmers and cattlemen . Pretty good and pleasant traditional Western with professional direction and flawlessly acted by Lex Barker , but all the action comes from Stephen McNally who did such yeoman service in countless Universal Pictures Westerns and , in addition , John Dehner as a nasty , powerful owner who steals the show as a treacherous villain . This ¨The man from bitter ridge¨ not the best Western ever,...but pretty darn close . The narration is perfectly adjusted , from the beginning , until the final showdown and being approximately developed in appropriate runtime : 80 min . Lex Barker gives an acceptable acting as a mysterious investigator who attempts to discover who has been holding up the local stagecoach and is guilty for a series of killings that terrorize the town . Lex Barker had a long career and his starts in brief roles .Though later signed by Fox and then Warner, he was too tall for supporting parts and too unknown for leads. Tarzán's magic fountain (1949) (RKO) provided his first starring role. After five Tarzans he went into other adventure films. After 16 non-Tarzan films, mostly westerns, Barker made only five Tarzan films, but he remains one of the actors best known for the role. His stardom as Tarzan led him to a variety of heroic roles in other films, primarily Westerns, and one interesting and quite non-heroic part in a World War II film, Away All Boats (1956). He went to Europe in 1957 , as he spoke various languages . He went on to make more than 50 more films all over the world: Brazil, Germany, Spain, Yugoslavia, Italy, Lebanon, France. In Italy he also had a short but compelling role as Anita Ekberg's fiancé, and in Federico Fellini's La dolce vita .He became very popular in Germany because of his role as "Old Shatterhand," "Kara Ben Nemsi," and "Dr. Karl Sternau" in the movies based on books written by Karl May .

Being colorfully photographed in Spectacular in Eastman color . This well-edited motion picture is compellingly directed by Jack Arnold in his best foray into the Western genre. He reigns supreme as one of the greatest filmmakers of 50s science , achieving an important cult popularity with classics as ¨The Incredible Shrinking Man¨, "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," and its follow-up titled "Revenge of the Creature" that was a nice sequel . "Tarantula" was likewise a lot of amusement . This "The Incredible Shrinking Man" attained his greatest enduring cult popularity , it's a thought-provoking and impressive classic that's lost none of its power throughout the years . Arnold's final two genre entries were the interesting "Monster on the Campus" and the outlandish "The Space Children¨ . Rating : 6/10 . Decent and acceptable Western . Well catching for Westen buffs .

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12 April 1955 (USA) See more »

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Justice Comes to Tomahawk See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

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