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The Proud Ones (1956)

Approved | | Western | May 1956 (USA)
Marshal Cass Silver has to deal with his old nemesis, a corrupt gambler, and his hired guns come to town as well as recurring bouts of blindness.

Director:

Robert D. Webb

Writers:

Edmund H. North (screenplay) (as Edmund North), Joseph Petracca (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Marshal Cass Silver
Virginia Mayo ... Sally
Jeffrey Hunter ... Thad Anderson
Robert Middleton ... Honest John Barrett
Walter Brennan ... Jake
Arthur O'Connell ... Jim Dexter
Ken Clark ... Pike
Rodolfo Acosta ... Chico
George Mathews ... Dillon
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Markham
Edward Platt ... Dr. Barlow
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Sam Bolton
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Storyline

Marshal Silver is run out of town under suspicion of being a trigger-happy killer after shooting a hired gun of Honest John Barrett. A placid life in a new town is interrupted by the reappearance of Barrett, old enemies and the son of the hired gun from years ago, Anderson. Written by Doug White <dwhite@ccpl.carr.lib.md.us>

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Taglines:

The prize beauty of a lawless frontier! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

On November 2, 1955, it was announced that Gary Cooper was to star and that Gerd Oswald was to direct, and week later it was stated that Guy Madison was to play Thad. See more »

Goofs

When the sheriff brings in two men for attempted robbery, he puts them in the cell without removing their gun belts. See more »

Quotes

Cass Silver, Marshal Flat Rock Kansas: Used to be a nice quiet place.
Sally, Cass' Woman: That's the sound of money, Cass. I like it noisy.
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Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Traditional american ballad with lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858
Played on saloon piano
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A solid Western...
19 November 1999 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Robert Middleton was a big brutish character actor... We have seen him in "The Silver Chalice" opposite Paul Newman, in "Friendly Persuasion" opposite Gary Cooper and in "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley...

In "The Proud Ones", he is at his best as the smooth-faced and smooth-spoken saloon owner who tries to have the lawman relieved of his job in order for the town to be wide open for wild business...

Middleton makes a considerable impression as Honest John Barrett, distinctive in his dishonesty and insincere manners... He is a thief ready for anything in order to control his lucrative interests, hiring cheap crooks like George Mathews (Dillon) who results a fraud according to his rules... We see him hiring dangerous gunmen willing to slay at any time like Chico (Rodolfo Acosta), who swears to the Marshal that he will kill him one day...

The film arouses profound suspicion that we are pushed to ask ourselves why a suspicious man like the Marshal had to shoot someone apparently unarmed from behind and can we justify his action?! ¿Is he, by any chance, a 'trigger-happy' murderer?

Jeffrey Hunter performs the mistaken cowboy involved in a sinful act to avenge his father's death with the wrong man... He never believes the rectitude of the Marshal who has a questionable past... Hunter accuses him of killing his father... 'It was either him or me', exclaims Ryan, 'but I never shot an unarmed man in my life.'

The climax of the film proves clearly and openly the whole truth to the tormented young man when he confronts Barrett in a showdown... The film wakes up our attention in its development when we discover that the proud Marshall is losing the power of seeing, a serious problem considered suicidal for a lawman who has powerful enemies...

With the lovely Virginia Mayo, the good jailer Brennan and the timid O'Connell, "The Proud Ones" is a solid Western, which remembers me a similar one, "The Lonely Man" with Jack Palance and Anthony Perkins...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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