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Stranger on Horseback (1955)

Approved | | Romance, Western | June 1955 (UK)
A circuit judge in the old west attempts to bring a suspected killer to justice. The judge runs afoul of the killer's rich cattle baron father in the process.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Herb Meadow (screenplay), Don Martin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... Judge Richard 'Rick' Thorne
Miroslava ... Amy Lee Bannerman
Kevin McCarthy ... Tom Bannerman
John McIntire ... Josiah Bannerman
John Carradine ... Col. Buck Streeter
Nancy Gates ... Caroline Webb
Emile Meyer ... Sheriff Nat Bell
Robert Cornthwaite ... Arnold Hammer
Jaclynne Greene Jaclynne Greene ... Paula Morrison (as Jacklyn Green)
Walter Baldwin ... Vince Webb
Emmett Lynn ... Barfly
Roy Roberts ... Sam Kettering
George Keymas ... Bannerman's Henchman
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A circuit judge in the old west attempts to bring a suspected killer to justice. The judge runs afoul of the killer's rich cattle baron father in the process.

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Taglines:

Thunder in the saddle ... greased lightning with his guns ... there never rode a man to match him ! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer gegen alle See more »

Filming Locations:

Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[After water's thrown in his face.]
Thorne: Thanks, it's a hot day.
Baddie: I don't like what you said.
Thorne: I said it was a hot day.
Baddie: Well, I don't like the way you said it.
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Change of Venue
13 July 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

According to the Films of Joel McCrea series book, McCrea liked so much working with Jacques Tourneur on one of his best films Stars In My Crown that he signed eagerly to do this adaption of a Louis L'Amour novel of a western circuit riding, gun toting judge. This is a man who backs up his decisions.

No one has been to this town recently when McCrea rides in and he quickly discovers the place is run top to bottom by the local Ben Cartwright played by John McIntire. McCrea discovers quickly enough that McIntire's punk son has been responsible for several non-natural deaths and no one has seen fit to prosecute. McCrea orders cynical marshal Emile Meyer to arrest Kevin McCarthy. Soon enough though it's pretty obvious that no fair trial can be obtained in McIntire's town so a change of venue is ordered. The rest of the film is McCrea, Meyer, McCarthy and a few others making the journey for said change of venue with McIntire on their heels.

Stealing every scene he's in is John Carradine playing a rather cheerfully corrupt prosecutor in McIntire's town. He reminds me so much of Cassius Starbuckle the cattleman's mouthpiece in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. His role here could be a younger version, a dress rehearsal for the John Ford classic.

Playing McIntire's niece is Czech/Mexican actress Miroslava who would do only one more film before committing suicide at the age of 30. She was one sexy alluring creature who tries her ways on McCrea. He's tempted to be sure.

Stranger On Horseback is short and taught western with maximum editing skills applied by its director. McCrea's character might well have been transferred to television for a series about a circuit riding judge. I'm surprised no one saw the possibilities.


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