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Man of the West (1958)

A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

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Anthony Mann

Writers:

Will C. Brown (novel), Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Link Jones
Julie London ... Billie Ellis
Lee J. Cobb ... Dock Tobin
Arthur O'Connell ... Sam Beasley
Jack Lord ... Coaley
John Dehner ... Claude
Royal Dano ... Trout
Robert J. Wilke ... Ponch (as Robert Wilke)
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On his way to hire a schoolteacher, a homesteader is left a hundred miles from anywhere when the train he is on is robbed. With him are an attractive dancehall girl and an untrustworthy gambler and he decides to get shelter nearby from outlaw relatives he used to run with. They don't trust him and he loathes them but they decide he can help them with one last bank job. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann aus dem Westen See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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James Stewart eagerly sought the role played by Gary Cooper, but since Stewart had fallen out with director Anthony Mann he did not get the part. See more »

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In the final shootout between hero Gary Cooper and bad guys John Dehner and Robert J. Wilke, Cooper fires at least nine bullets from his six-shooter before reloading. See more »

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Link Jones: There's a point where you either grow up and become a human being or you rot, like that bunch.
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Gary Cooper pinch hits
12 January 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Man of the West is a fine gritty western with Gary Cooper stepping into the James Stewart parts in those 50s Anthony Mann westerns.

Mann and Stewart during the 50s did eight films, five of them westerns. and some of the best westerns ever made. They were on the set of a sixth, Night Passage, when they quarreled and Mann walked out. I'm sure that both The Tin Star and Man of the West were properties that he originally developed with James Stewart in mind. But at least in this one Gary Cooper pinch hits admirably.

The key here is incest. Gary Cooper is former outlaw Link Jones trying to live his past down. He's on the way with his town's savings for a schoolteacher. The train is held up by the Doc Tobin gang and while he eludes them in the holdup, he runs into them later on when he's left behind by the train. These aren't just former outlaw compatriots, they're his family.

And what a family, the most frightening group of inbreds ever put on screen until Deliverance. From Lee J. Cobb on down, a lovely group of twisted psychos. Cooper is not just running from his past, but from his lineage.

The rest of the gang is Robert J. Wilke, Royal Dano, Jack Lord, and John Dehner. Lee J. Cobb is Doc Tobin and though he's 10 years younger than Cooper, he plays his uncle. Along for the ride are fellow train passengers Julie London and Arthur O'Connell. It's an admirable cast.

A real downer of a western, but a great classic.


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