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A Man Alone (1955)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 28 October 1955 (USA)
A gunfighter's main hope lies in the trust of a beautiful woman who hides him out when he is wrongly suspected of a stagecoach massacre.

Director:

Ray Milland (as R. Milland)

Writers:

John Tucker Battle (screenplay), Mort Briskin (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Wes Steele
Mary Murphy ... Nadine Corrigan
Ward Bond ... Sheriff Gil Corrigan
Raymond Burr ... Stanley
Arthur Space ... Dr. Mason
Lee Van Cleef ... Clanton
Alan Hale Jr. ... Jim Anderson (as Alan Hale)
Douglas Spencer ... Henry Slocum
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Maybanks (as Thomas B. Henry)
Grandon Rhodes ... Luke Joiner
Martin Garralaga ... Ortega
Kim Spalding Kim Spalding ... Sam Hall
Howard Negley ... Wilson (as Howard J. Negley)
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Storyline

A gunfighter, stranded in the desert, comes across the aftermath of a stage robbery, in which all the passengers were killed. He takes one of the horses to ride to town to report the massacre, but finds himself accused of it. He also finds himself accused of the murder of the local banker, and winds up hiding in the basement of a house where the local sheriff, who is very sick, lives with his daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Somewhere in the DARK a Bullet Drilled Home !

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gunman See more »

Filming Locations:

St. George, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Ray Milland. See more »

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Set in the 19th century but an aircraft's vapor trail is visible at one point. See more »

Quotes

Nadine Corrigan: As I was going to St. Ives, / I met a man with seven wives. / Every wife had seven sacks, / Every sack had seven cats, / Every cat had seven kittens. / Kittens, cats, sacks, wives, / How many were going to St. Ives?
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Referenced in People in Luck (1963) See more »

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A Bad Reputation
6 February 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Notorious gunman Ray Milland comes upon the scene of a stagecoach massacre. Outlaws had robbed the stage and killed six people, including a mother and child. Milland frees the horses and rides one of them into town for help during a sandstorm.

The sheriff is laid up and a lout of a deputy, Alan Hale Jr., comes at Milland gun in hand without identifying himself. Milland starts shooting and wounds the deputy. After that it's a hunt for Milland in the town.

Of course he takes refuge in the one place no one is going to look, the house of the sheriff, Ward Bond and his daughter Mary Murphy. The house is under quarantine because Bond is down with yellow fever.

Milland helps Murphy nurse Bond back to health. During which news of the stagecoach massacre reaches town. And the hunt is renewed.

Milland gives a fine performance in this very grim western of a man on the run, mostly due to his bad reputation. Ray Milland also directed this film for Republic Pictures in its last days. Director Milland got some good performances out of such in the cast as Raymond Burr, Lee Van Cleef, Arthur Space, and Thomas Brown Henry.

A Man Alone has similar plot premises to both The Oxbow Incident and John Payne's Silver Lode that came out the year before. All three had to do with the terrible consequences of mob violence when due process is abandoned. Very telling stuff indeed coming out as it did at the tail end of the McCarthy era.

The film holds up very well after over 50 years and is recommended for western and other movie fans.


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