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Man of Conflict (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 4 November 1953 (USA)
Young man comes home to get ready to take over the family company, only to find that his father has been corrupted by power. In addition, he falls for the daughter of one of his father's ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Arnold ... J.R. Compton
John Agar ... Ray Compton
Susan Morrow ... Jane Jenks
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Ed Jenks
Herbert Heyes ... Mr. Evans
Dorothy Patrick ... Betty Coughlin
Robert Carson ... Union Representative
Russell Hicks ... Mr. Murdock
John Hamilton ... Cornwall
Lovyss Bradley ... Miss Garner
Richard Reeves ... Thug Driving Car
Jerry Burns Jerry Burns ... Second Thug
Leslie K. O'Pace Leslie K. O'Pace ... Preston
John Pettit John Pettit ... Company Spy
Frank O'Connor ... Night Watchman


Young man comes home to get ready to take over the family company, only to find that his father has been corrupted by power. In addition, he falls for the daughter of one of his father's poverty-stricken workers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A DARING STORY OF LOVE AND INTRIGUE! (original print ad - all caps)




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Release Date:

4 November 1953 (USA) See more »

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My Dad, J.R. See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Despite opinions to the contrary, employees are actually human beings....and so are some employers.
17 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ray (John Agar) has been off to college for several years and has finally returned to his home town. His finding a job is not going to be a problem, as his father, J.R. Compton (Edward Arnold) owns the huge factory that employs most everyone in town. However, Ray does not want an executive position...he wants to be trained as a machinist and work his way up in the company in order to learn what he's one day expected to run himself. While his father isn't thrilled by the idea, he agrees. Ray tells no one who he is and grows to love his job. Unfortunately, when folks do learn who he is, there is lots of resentment...as J.R. is a hated despot. J.R.'s way of running the company is making his employees fear him...and Ray plans on undoing as much as he can of this and building good will with the employees. As a result, the father and son come into conflict with each other and something has to give...though J.R. is a very hard and inflexible man.

It's funny to watch this film and think that John Agar has the reputation as one of the worst actors in film history. While it's true he acted in a lot of garbage in the 1950s and 60s (particularly the worst sci-fi/horror films of the age), he is just fine in this picture. I think Agar believed he was a terrible actor and agreed to be in terrible films...or, perhaps all he got offered. But he's quite good here.

My only problem with this film is that the resolution came much quicker and easier than it should have been. Otherwise, I enjoyed the plot and found the film refreshingly different and well acted.

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