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The Lonely Man (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 21 June 1957 (France)
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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Henry Levin
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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 ... Fence Green (as Paul 'Tiny' Newlan)
Elaine Aiken ... Ada Marshall
Tennessee Ernie Ford ... Singer (voice)
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre solitario See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: Where ya goin'?
Jacob Wade: Feed myself.
Jacob Wade: Man feeds his horse first.
Riley Wade: Well, I guess I got a lot to learn... not from you.
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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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Soundtracks

The Lonely Man
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Van Cleave
Performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
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Worth a look!!
14 May 2003 | by daddymentionSee all my reviews

I looked at all the comments made for this film, but I feel I need to mention what's good about it. The acting and characters are first-rate and there are several familiar faces. The black and white cinematography is the best I've ever seen in a western...The location is wonderful--all in all the best looking western ever!!!! These things alone make it worth watching... I agree that the plot has lots of holes and needs some explaining at times, and answers to many questions are never given... But give this film a try...it's still very good!


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