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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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Cagney in his greatest role! 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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Budget:

$2,846,000 (estimated)
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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

Jeremy Rodock: [to Steve] I got reason to like you, boy. Don't spoil it!
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Featured in Down on the Farm with James Cagney (1955) See more »

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Skip to My Lou
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Performed by Royal Dano on pan flute.
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Very, very good--almost meriting an 8
14 September 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very good and very unusual film because I really didn't predict where the film would go--despite first appearances. A young Easterner comes upon Jimmy Cagney as he's being "bushwhacked"--in other words, he's been trapped by horse thieves and they are trying to shoot him. The actor's name who played the Easterner escapes me and I really don't care who he was--the film WAS a Cagney film after all. And once Cagney has been extricated from this ordeal, he and the young man become friends, of sorts.

Later, the young man decides to stay and work for Cagney at his horse ranch. However, much his new duties involve chasing down rustlers. Unfortunately, Cagney sees himself as the law and hangs the crooks without a trial. This really disturbs the young guy and Cagney's girlfriend, Irene Pappas. As a result of Cagney's brutality, both the girl and young man are prepared to leave for good. Here is where the film gets good and really heats up. Fortunately, the film does NOT take the easy way out and give us the conclusion we'd expect--ending on a very positive note.

Of the films of the later part of Cagney's career (after WHITE HEAT), this is among the very best. Worth while even if you are not a fan of the genre or Cagney--it's a very unique and watchable flick.


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