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The Lonely Man (1957)

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Palance ... Jacob Wade
Anthony Perkins ... Riley Wade
Neville Brand ... King Fisher
Robert Middleton ... Ben Ryerson
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Willie (as Elisha Cook)
Claude Akins ... Blackburn (as Claude A. Akins)
Lee Van Cleef ... Faro
Harry Shannon ... Dr. Fisher
James Bell ... Judge Hart
Adam Williams ... Lon
Denver Pyle ... Brad, Red Bluff Sheriff
John Doucette ... Sundown Whipple
Paul Newlan Paul Newlan ... Fence Green (as Paul 'Tiny' Newlan)
Elaine Aiken ... Ada Marshall
Tennessee Ernie Ford ... Singer (voice)
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Gunslinger Jacob Wade finds his long-abandoned son Riley, now a young man who hates his father but has nowhere else to go. Hoping to settle down, Jacob finds no town will have him. They end at Monolith, the ranch of Jacob's former girlfriend Ada, to whom he had no intention of returning. A mustang hunt finds Riley himself attracted to the shapely Ada...and Jacob having trouble with his eyesight. And his visions of a quiet life are doomed by the re-appearance of enemies from his past... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Two of today's most publicized personalities Anthony Perkins and Jack Palance teamed in a great outdoor drama!

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre solitario See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Palance played Perkins' father but the two actors are separated by only 13 years. See more »

Goofs

In the saloon fight, Riley lights a lantern and throws it. He shoots twice as the man is engulfed in flames. You see the flashes, but there is no sound. See more »

Quotes

Jacob Wade: If he wants to hate me, let him. What I'm trying to do is stand him on his own two feet.
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Crazy Credits

Claude Akins is credited as Claude A. Akins although that is not his middle initial. It is actually "M" for Marion. See more »

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Referenced in Waco: Operation Showtime (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lonely Man
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Van Cleave
Performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
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A so-so western from a mediocre director
17 October 2014 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Anthony Perkins had yet to find his feet when he made "The Lonely Man" in 1957, cast as former outlaw Jack Palance's son, but he's remarkably assured nevertheless. It's a so-so western from a mediocre director, Henry Levin, with Palance the lonely man of the title, wanting to go straight but finding both the law and his former partners doing all they can to see that he doesn't. A first class supporting cast, (Neville Brand, Robert Middleton, Lee Van Cleef, Claude Akins) ensure that it's never less than watchable and it's very handsomely photographed in black and white VistaVision by Lionel Lindon. It's a pity the script never really develops the characters beyond the one-dimensional and now it is very seldom shown.


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