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Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Western | April 1956 (USA)
With no law within 200 miles horse rancher Jeremy Rodak runs his spread with an iron hand and deals with rustlers even more ruthlessly.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Michael Blankfort (story), Jack Schaefer (short story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Jeremy Rodock
Don Dubbins ... Steve Miller
Stephen McNally ... McNulty
Irene Papas ... Jocasta Constantine
Vic Morrow ... Lars Peterson
James Griffith ... Barjak
Onslow Stevens ... Hearn
James Bell ... L.A. Peterson
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. L.A. Peterson
Chubby Johnson ... Baldy
Royal Dano ... Abe
Lee Van Cleef ... Fat Jones
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Cooky
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Storyline

Jeremy Rodock is a tough horse rancher who strings up rustlers soon as look at them. Fresh out of Pennsylvania, Steve Miller finds it hard to get used to Rodock's ways, although he takes an immediate shine to his Greek girl Jocasta. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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As it really was! A big, blazing drama of the West! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeremy Rodock See more »

Filming Locations:

Montrose, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,846,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,193,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,042,000, 31 December 1956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Spencer Tracy was cast as Jeremy Roderick but was replaced by James Cagney, as he complained and procrastinated about working on that location because of the altitude of the Rockies. This essentially resulted in his being fired from MGM, his home studio since 1935. See more »

Quotes

Steve Miller: [Upset at Mr. Rodock after witnessing Rodock's hanging of a horse thief - an impromptu "frontier justice" hanging, done without benefit of a formal trial] Maybe I ain't hard, maybe that's why. But Mr. Rodock, you didn't have to hang him.
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing Irene Pappas See more »

Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.30 (1956) See more »

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They Are Giving My Sweetheart Away
Written by Constantine Callinicos and George Buyukas
Performed by Irene Papas in Greek
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Exciting and interesting western with a magnificent interpretation by James Cagney
17 May 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A tough and self-reliant rancher and landowner called Jeremy Roderick (James Cagney , though Spencer Tracy was cast as but was replaced , he complained and procrastinated about working on that location because of the altitude of working in the Rockies) will fight against anybody that attempt to rob his possessions . He's loved by a woman (Irene Papas) who lives in his home and hires a cowboy called Steve Miller (Don Dubbins , though Robert Francis was originally cast but he died in a plane crash) when is originated the classic triangle . The arrogant rancher will confront rustlers and he'll carry out the hanging's law (also called Lynch's law) against those .

James Cagney's interpretation is outstanding , he plays magnificently as a pride and cruel proprietary , a merciless baron land . Irene Papas in her first movie is sweet and enjoyable , she demonstrates the excellent actress to result to be in the future with a career of successes that today continues . The third starring Don Dubbins is feeble , his career was a flop and barely made films after . The original cast were Spencer Tracy and Grace Kelly , however Tracy was dismissed but had complications with director Robert Wise . Grace Kelly left the picture due her marriage to Rainiero of Monaco . Support cast is astounding : Vic Morrow (who died in accident while realizing ¨twilight zone¨ by John Landis) , Stephen McNally , Royal Dano and of course the villain Lee Van Cleef , pre-Spaghetti Western . Robert Surtees' cinematography and Miklos Rozsa musical score are awesome , both of whom subsequently would make super-productions (Ben Hur , Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe...).

The motion picture was well directed by Robert Wise , author of various cinema classics . He was a successful director of all kind genres such as musical as ¨West side story¨, ¨The sound of music¨ , Sci-fi as ¨The day the earth stood still¨, ¨Star Trek : the motion picture ¨, ¨The Andromeda strain¨ , Terror as ¨The body snatchers¨ , ¨ Curse of the cat people¨, ¨Audrey Rose¨ , ¨The haunting¨ , Epic or colossal as ¨Elen of Troy¨ , wartime as ¨The desert rats¨, ¨Run silent , run deep¨ , ¨Hinderburg¨ , ¨The sand pebbles¨ and Western as ¨Blood on the moon¨, and this ¨Tribute to a bad man¨.


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