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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!

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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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Trivia

Film debut of Elaine Aiken. See more »

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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: Take your dead and git. And don't bury 'em on my ground!
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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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The Lonely Man
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
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Probably not a movie for those who like to root for the good guy
5 November 2005 | by non_sportcardandySee all my reviews

Since childhood I've found the actors playing the bad guys more interesting than the main characters,at least till about 1970 or so.Many that I viewed in the 1950's didn't last long in a movie or TV program because they were an early victim to the star.Some eventually went on to make names for their selves but for the most part I liked them more when playing minor roles.Some of those minor role villains are in this movie and I found them very entertaining.There's Neville Brand playing King Fisher,a good performer but sometimes a little bit to scary even for me when dealing out punishment.Others like Faro (Lee Van Cleef),Sundown Whipple(John Doucette) and Blackburn(Claude Akins) are in top menacing form.While not a household name another quality performer is Robert Middleton playing Ben Ryerson.Whether playing a politician or a mob boss he gives a quality performance.In this movie he's a bit grubby looking but handy with both a gun and a knife.Then there's Willie (Elisha Cook Jr) one of Fisher's men.He usually bursts into a room big eyed bearing news but has to grab a quick drink before speaking.So much to my delight the cast includes a rouge's gallery of personal favorites,almost like a dream come true.For those who like the good guys the movie leans more towards a nightmare.Jack Palance plays Jacob Wade the main character.As usual he has the look of a strong tough looking man.His performance is better than usual but that just means it's not as stiff as usual.The story lacks a bit of direction also.Those two points are forgotten because of Anthony Perkins who plays Jacob Wade's son Riley.His part lacks direction or maybe a director as it seems like he or someone else wants to sabotage this movie.First off he's too old and big to be playing the part of the son.When he does show some sign of a emotion it's fitting more for someone at least 10 years younger than him.To the simple statement that his mother(deceased) was a fine woman he responds blandly"talk about my mother again and I'll kill you",really off the wall.Elaine Aiken gives a good performance and is nice looking.In another comment it was basically said her character with it's good qualities has no reason to be interested romantically in the wimpy Perkins character,that's hitting the nail on the head.So this movie was just about what I expected,the minor roles out shining the main characters.One of the main characters looked like a good friend must of gave them the part.


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