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7 Men from Now (1956)

Approved | | Action, Western | 4 August 1956 (USA)
A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writer:

Burt Kennedy (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Ben Stride
Gail Russell ... Annie Greer
Lee Marvin ... Bill Masters
Walter Reed ... John Greer
John Larch ... Payte Bodeen
Don 'Red' Barry ... Clete (as Donald Barry)
Fred Graham ... Henchman
John Beradino ... Clint
John Phillips ... Jed
Chuck Roberson ... Mason
Stuart Whitman ... Cavalry Lt. Collins
Pamela Duncan ... Señorita Nellie
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Fowler
Cliff Lyons ... Henchman
Fred Sherman Fred Sherman ... The Prospector
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Storyline

Ex-sheriff Ben Stride tracks the seven men who held up a Wells Fargo office and killed his wife. Stride is tormented by the fact that his own failure to keep his job was the cause of his wife's working in the express office and thus he is partly responsible for her death. Stride encounters a married couple heading west for California and helps them. Along the way they are joined by two n'er-do-wells, Masters and Clete, who know that Stride is after the express-office robbers. They plan to let Stride lead them to the bandits, then make away with the loot themselves. But they aren't the only ones carrying a secret. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Seven bullets from here his woman would be waiting -- Seven men from now -- her shame would be wiped out!

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Men from Now See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Batjac Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne gave the female lead to Gail Russell, his co-star from Angel and the Badman (1947) and Wake of the Red Witch (1948). He did so despite being warned that she looked twenty years too old to play a character in her mid-twenties. Russell had not made a film in five years and had a serious drinking problem which would later end her life at the age of 36. See more »

Goofs

The configuration of the mud changes on Gail Russell's face several times. See more »

Quotes

Bill Masters: [about Greer] I was wrong, Clete. He wasn't half a man.
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Good western with a sad bit of trivia
29 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Budd Boetticher and Randolph Scott made some great westerns together. Along with the team of Anthony Mann and James Stewart, they pretty much owned the western in the 1950s. This is one of the best of the Boetticher/Scott films. The plot is about a former sheriff (Randolph Scott) who is tracking seven men who killed his wife in a gold robbery. While on their trail he encounters a greenhorn couple and winds up taking them along. Soon after they are joined by two criminals (Lee Marvin, Don Barry), who hope to get their hands on the stolen gold.

Another solid character-driven western from Boetticher and Scott. Fine performances from everyone. The movie was produced by John Wayne's production company. The Duke himself couldn't star because he was tied up with the classic The Searchers. Gail Russell was cast because she was a friend of Wayne's. She hadn't worked in five years due to her struggles with alcoholism. Wayne hoped this might help her mount a comeback and turn her life around. Sadly, it did not. She made just two more films and some television appearances before dying in 1961 at the age of 36 from liver damage due to her years of alcohol abuse. Sad end for such a lovely young woman.


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