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The Lonely Man (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Western | June 1957 (USA)
Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director:

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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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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Trivia

Film debut of Elaine Aiken. 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 »

Connections

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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good western about a father, son, and a woman that helped them
31 July 2005 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This film has a lot going for it. It was done in Vistavision a process that gave a superior quality to the film on the screen, and unusually in black and white, since most of the films in Vistavision were in color. The cinematography is great, specially when it shows the wild horses being chased and captured. It has three excellent performances by Jack Palance, Tony Perkins and most of all by Elaine Aiken. Palance is a gunfighter who wants to change his lifestyle but knows that the odds are against it. But he takes upon himself the mission of turning his revolted son Tony Perkins into a better person. In this task he is helped by his former mistress Elaine Aiken with whom he wants no more involvement. There is quite a sensual chemistry between Aiken and Perkins. I wonder why such a talented, good looking woman like Aiken made so few films. It is very hard for a normal father son relationship to develop between Palance an Perkins, and director Henry Levin handles it very well, making the film come to a very satisfactory ending.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre solitario See more »

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