6.2/10
137
6 user 4 critic

Ride the Man Down (1952)

Approved | | Western | 25 November 1952 (USA)
Disputes over a dead man's property escalate into a bloody range war.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay), Luke Short (novel)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The friendship of three Texas Ranchers. Later their ranch was destroyed by Cotrell, of the Union army,and his band of outlaw raiders. The original title was "Distant Drums", this was a description of Civil War army deserters.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joel McCrea, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott
Singing Guns (1950)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Notorious stagecoach robber Rhiannon is unintentionally appointed as deputy when he saves the sheriff's life and must wear two hats between his new job that he enjoys and his old occupation that he misses.

Director: R.G. Springsteen
Stars: Vaughn Monroe, Ella Raines, Walter Brennan
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Feud between the long-established stagecoach and steamship lines and the emergent railway companies trying to expand into the Midwest.

Director: Joseph Kane
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Adele Mara, Lorna Gray
The Big Combo (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A former intelligence officer is tasked by the heir to the Gleneyre estate to investigate the unusual deaths of a disparate group of eleven men on a list.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis
Pursued (1947)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In Tomahawk, the crooked Jackman brothers control the town, Sheriff Dunham is up for re-election, the sheep growers are banned in town and a stagecoach line undercover investigator arrives to catch the gang that regularly robs the stages.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Lex Barker, Mara Corday, Stephen McNally
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Communist agents trail an important scientist to try to steal his top-secret new formula.

Director: Lance Comfort
Stars: Derek Farr, Ella Raines, Donald Wolfit
The Runaround (1946)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Maverick private eyes Kildane and Quayle leave a large agency to work on their own. Their first assignment (pirated from the old firm): retrieve eloping heiress Penelope Hampton...in ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Ella Raines, Rod Cameron, Broderick Crawford
Ramrod (1947)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Violent feud between Connie Dickason, the owner of the Circle 66 ranch and rancher Frank Ivey, the self-proclaimed boss of an otherwise public grazing land.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Don DeFore
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

Director: James Edward Grant
Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey
The Web (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An attorney acting as a body guard, apparently kills a man in defense of his employer's life, and later believes the victim was set up to be murdered.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Ella Raines, Edmond O'Brien, William Bendix
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Donlevy ... Bide Marriner
Rod Cameron ... Will Ballard
Ella Raines ... Celia Evarts
Forrest Tucker ... Sam Danfelser
Barbara Britton ... Lottie Priest
Chill Wills ... Ike Adams
J. Carrol Naish ... Sheriff Joe Kneen
Jim Davis ... Red Courteen
Taylor Holmes ... Lowell Priest
James Bell ... John Evarts
Paul Fix ... Ray Cavanaugh
Al Caudebec Al Caudebec ... Mel Young
Roydon Clark ... Jim Young
Roy Barcroft ... Russ Schultz
Douglas Kennedy ... Harve Garrison
Edit

Storyline

During the 1892 blizzard, pioneer ranching magnate Phil Evarts dies. His Hatchet Ranch is inherited by brother John and daughter Celia. However, much of the ranch is on free grazing land. Many of the local ranchers and cattlemen try to take advantage of Phil Evarts' death by grazing on this land and using its water for free. Ranchers Harve Garrison, Russ Schultz and Ray Cavanaugh desire the Hatchet Ranch's rich grazing land and take it with impunity. Others, like greedy rancher Bide Marriner, want it all for themselves. Even cattle rustlers, like Red Courteen, get involved by rustling cattle from the Evarts family whose power they resent. Because the old rancher Phil Evarts isn't around to protect the Hatchet Ranch anymore, his trusted foreman, Will Ballard, steps-in to safeguard the interests of Phil Evarts' heirs, especially Celia's whom he adores. Celia's fiance, Sam Danfelser, is the jealous type but Celia assures him that she only loves him and she only considers Will a good ... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Luke Short's Saturday Evening Post Fighting Story!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tiger von Utah See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Screenwriter Mary C. McCall Jr. said of this film, "From the outset this was as happy a spell of work as occurs but rarely in a screenwriter's life. [Director Joseph Kane] is an admirer of Luke Short's work. I loved the novel. In transferring the story to the visual medium we didn't have any problems." See more »

Connections

Featured in An American in Rome (1954) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

enjoyable fast moving western.
18 February 2006 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

Ride the Man Down lasts 90 minutes but so much happens that probably 30 minutes more were needed. The story is about a huge ranch that when the owner dies in a blizzard, becomes prey to a lot of other cattlemen, since the laws about the property of land in that region were not very precise. Rod Cameron is Will Ballard, the man who tries to keep the ranch together. Ella Raines is Celia, the woman who will inherit the ranch and who is engaged to Forrest Tucker (Sam), a man that from the start you can see is no good. No good either is the father of Lottie (Barbara Britton) who is Cameron's fiancée. Bide Marriner (Brian Donlevy) and Red Courteen (Jim Davis) are the most significant candidates to invade the ranch. The real trouble starts when Ray Cavanaugh (Paul Fix) kills John Evarts (James Bell) who was managing the ranch shooting him on his back. As there is non stop action in this western, it keeps you interested, my only criticism would be for the final shootout that takes place at night in the dark. Shootouts in the dark might lower the film's budget but they take away what could be one of the best moments. Anyhow, I really enjoyed this film.


23 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed