3 user

Ride the High Iron (1956)

A publicity agent and his staff attempt to keep a client's reckless actions out of the newspapers.




Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Man Alone (1955)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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
Stars: Ray Milland, Mary Murphy, Ward Bond
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr
Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Songwriter falls in love with a crippled man's wife.

Director: Laslo Benedek
Stars: John Cassavetes, Raymond Burr, Sara Shane
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A pastor with a shady past moves into a rural town just after the Civil War.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Van Heflin, Joanne Woodward, Philip Carey
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A model agency in Rio de Janeiro is actually a front for a white-slavery ring that kidnaps European women and sells them on the South American sex market.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Scott Brady, Johanna Matz, Raymond Burr
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After 17 years, things have got too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, they ... See full summary »

Director: Bud Yorkin
Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Jason Robards
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York, and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the 1st administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Lonnie Wilson, the son of a toothless sharecropper, Zuba Wilson, returns to small southern hometown after spending six years on the chain-gang for killing Colonel Ben Marquand's son in an ... See full summary »

Director: William F. Claxton
Stars: Raymond Burr, Martha Hyer, Joan Bennett
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a card game Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women - one who came with the hotel, and one newly arrived from the East to open a ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

During a ride with his new pony Sinoya, the young Clay Gibson by chance finds the secret housing of the multiple murderer Tris Hatten. He reports immediately to Sheriff Adams, who strongly ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Nancy Gates, Raymond Burr
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When an aspiring barber becomes inadvertently involved in the theft of a valuable diamond, necessity forces him to masquerade as a 12 year-old child - with humorous consequences.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Diana Lynn
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The lost Dutchman mine story but set some where else. A very similar movie would be "Lust for Gold" with Ida Lupino and Glenn Ford.

Director: Seymour Friedman
Stars: Valerie French, Raymond Burr, William Prince


Cast overview:
... Sgt. Hugo Danielchik
... Elsie Vanders
... Ziggy Moline
Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Danielchik
... Yanusz Danielchik
... Yard Boss
... Mrs. Vanders
Maurice Marsac ... Maurice
Bobby Johnson ... Porter (as Robert Johnson)


A publicity agent and his staff attempt to keep a client's reckless actions out of the newspapers.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

publicist | failed pilot | See All (2) »




See all certifications »




Release Date:

December 1956 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Originally made for television but released theatrically. See more »


Archive footage of speeding train approaching River Falls is printed backwards. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I wish Raymond Burr was remembered more for roles like this one and "The Blue Gardenia"
18 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

A bit too shrill at times burr is great

If you mention Raymond Burr to the average American, they'd probably say something like "He was Perry Mason" or "He was Ironside". While these TV roles made him famous, I think his best work was in the 1950s playing screen heavies. Very few actors could match the menace of Burr in films like "The Blue Gardenia" or here in "Ride the High Iron". And, it's worth watching "Ride the High Iron" just for his scenes...he was just terrific.

When the film begins, Sgt. Hugo Danielchik (Don Taylor) is on a train chatting with some rich folks. Ziggy Moline (Burr) is impressed that a guy from common stock like Danielchik could be so charming and fit in so well with the upper class. So, Ziggy has a proposition...that Danielchik should remake himself into a more waspy guy and then come work for him...though doing exactly what isn't clear. Danielchik isn't interested...he plans on going to grad school.

When Danielchik tells his really ignorant parents about his plans, they chide him to not try to rise above his station and he should do what his father did...spend his miserable life doing a menial job for the railroad. This helps Danielchik to see the light....he'll go work for Ziggy!

So what does Ziggy want him to do? He has Danielchik fake a few things about himself (such as changing his name and rank from Sergeant to Captain) and then romance a rich young lady...the same one Danielchik met on the train. Why does Ziggy want this? What's in store for Danielchik? See the film.

This is a good film but is also tough to watch. You don't really like anyone in the movie. Danielchik's parents are obnoxious in their desire to keep their son from achieving more out of life. Danielchik is a phony. And, Ziggy is very malevolent and is out to teach society a lesson! But it also is highly original and unpredictable....something I really prize in a movie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial