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The Rawhide Years (1956)

Dishonest riverboat gambler Ben Matthews is blamed for a murder he didn't commit and must find the real killer before the lynch mob finds him.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Earl Felton (screenplay), Robert Presnell Jr. (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Ben Matthews
Colleen Miller Colleen Miller ... Zoe Fontaine
Arthur Kennedy ... Rick Harper
William Demarest ... Brand Comfort
William Gargan ... Marshal Sommers
Peter van Eyck ... Andre Boucher
Minor Watson ... Matt Comfort
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Carrico
Robert J. Wilke ... Neal (as Robert Wilke)
Trevor Bardette ... Captain
James Anderson ... Deputy Wade
Robert Foulk ... Mate
Chubby Johnson ... Gif Lessing
Leigh Snowden ... Miss Vanilla Bissell
Don Beddoe ... Frank Porter
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Ben Matthews gives up the flashy life of a riverboat gambler, hoping to settle down in Galena with his girlfriend, luscious entertainer Zoe. But Galena's leading citizen is murdered on the boat; Ben, on arrival, finds a lynch mob after his neck, and flees. Three years of wandering later, Zoe's letters stop coming and Ben returns to find her and attempt the hopeless task of clearing himself. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of BEN MATTHEWS...THE GAMBLING MAN...who followed his Luck...his Love and a killer's trail from the brawling river ports to the golden glitter of Antoines! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor justiciero See more »

Filming Locations:

Owens River, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Soundtracks

Happy Go Lucky
Words by Frederick Herbert
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Performed by Colleen Miller (uncredited)
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Appealing appetizer with red herring
14 September 2015 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This has to be one of the "best looking" films around. Very scenic, as a Western should be. Maybe the best looking two leads together ever.

It's a "fluff" Western, and that isn't always an insult. That's what this was meant to be. Lots of B Westerns were made with different goals, but roughly 2/5 were made like this, to be just eye candy, with a few side dishes added on.

Here, Arthur Kennedy is the "mystique" character. he comes on with too much of a likable rogue, and we wonder if he'll be the masked murderer who leaves Tony Curtis with the blame for a killing of a respected cattle baron.

This is lifted up a bit over the usual fluff with a few red herrings, as we get a bit of a mystery. And the clues come to us the same way they come to the character played by Curtis, which is refreshing. We actually feel along the way with him, as this is very well directed.

The review that claims Korman may have copied the villain for Blazing Saddles looks to be close to the mark I dare say. That kind of gives it a retro appeal that they hadn't counted on in 1955. It is an appealing film. Not memorable, but appealing.


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