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Man in the Shadow (1957)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 22 January 1958 (USA)
Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go too far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writer:

Gene L. Coon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Ben Sadler
Orson Welles ... Virgil Renchler
Colleen Miller Colleen Miller ... Skippy Renchler
Ben Alexander ... Ab Begley
Barbara Lawrence ... Helen Sadler
John Larch ... Ed Yates
James Gleason ... Hank James
Royal Dano ... Aiken Clay
Paul Fix ... Herb Parker
Leo Gordon ... Chet Huneker
Martin Garralaga ... Jesus Cisneros
Mario Siletti ... Tony Santoro
Charles Horvath ... Len Bookman
William Schallert ... Jim Shaney
Joseph J. Greene Joseph J. Greene ... Harry Youngquist
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Storyline

In effect, modern cow town Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler, owner of the Golden Empire Ranch. One night, two of Virgil's henchmen go a little too far and beat a "bracero" ranch hand to death. Faced with an obvious cover-up and opposition on every hand, sheriff Ben Sadler is goaded into investigating. His unlikely ally: Renchler's lovely, self-willed and overprotected daughter. Will Ben survive Renchler's wrath? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THIS WAS THE NIGHT WHEN THE LAW TURNED LAWLESS...to win back the justice a town had betrayed! (ORIGINAL PRINT AD) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seeds of Wrath See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,530,000, 31 December 1957
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles rewrote sections of the script. See more »

Goofs

Many characters comment about the heat, saying the temperature must be well over 100 degrees, yet even though they are all wearing long sleeves, ties, even suits, no one is ever sweating. The only ones with even a bit moisture on them are the old man and one of the henchmen. See more »

Quotes

Ben Sadler: [to Renchler] You can push your wetbacks and your white trash around all you want, but don't try it on me.
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Referenced in Weekend (1964) See more »

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man in the shadows
5 June 2006 | by pdmh48See all my reviews

This is a good "pre-civil rights movement" western, continuing in the tradition of "High Noon" and "Bad Day at Black Rock". Colleen Miller plays Orson Welles daughter, (not his wife as someone posted previously.) Jeff Chandler (who died way too young at 42) is the sheriff and conscience in the film and he does a good job in this role. The fact that the cowboys have beaten a defenseless Chincano to death is something that most citizens in the town would rather forget.Chandler's character and his family are harassed by the murderous and prejudiced cowboys who work for Welles.The climax of this film is hard to watch even today. The director was Jack Arnold,who was great at expressing his opinions in low-budget films,such as "It Came from Outer Space" and "The Tattered Dress."


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