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The Proud Ones (1956)

Approved | | Western | May 1956 (USA)
Marshal Cass Silver has to deal with his old nemesis, a corrupt gambler, and his hired guns come to town as well as recurring bouts of blindness.

Director:

Robert D. Webb

Writers:

Edmund H. North (screenplay) (as Edmund North), Joseph Petracca (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Marshal Cass Silver
Virginia Mayo ... Sally
Jeffrey Hunter ... Thad Anderson
Robert Middleton ... Honest John Barrett
Walter Brennan ... Jake
Arthur O'Connell ... Jim Dexter
Ken Clark ... Pike
Rodolfo Acosta ... Chico
George Mathews ... Dillon
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Markham
Edward Platt ... Dr. Barlow
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Sam Bolton
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Storyline

Marshal Silver is run out of town under suspicion of being a trigger-happy killer after shooting a hired gun of Honest John Barrett. A placid life in a new town is interrupted by the reappearance of Barrett, old enemies and the son of the hired gun from years ago, Anderson. Written by Doug White <dwhite@ccpl.carr.lib.md.us>

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Taglines:

The prize beauty of a lawless frontier! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Furchtlosen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In February 1955 Gregory Peck was set to star. See more »

Goofs

The bowls on the table (at 8.21 mins - 8.26 mins) disappear/are re-arranged between shots. See more »

Quotes

Honest John Barrett, Owner Palace Saloon: You don't come with the best recommendations - a temper and the son of a dead gunslinger.
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Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Traditional american ballad with lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858
Played on saloon piano
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The quintessential thinking western.
11 July 2001 | by billpollock49See all my reviews

The quintessential thinking western. The man wronged (Ryan), the dependable woman in his life (Mayo), the young man searching for the truth(?) (Hunter).

A good western with the normal hallmarks of this genre. Good storyline, actors who can actually act (Jeff Hunter's best acting display since "The Searchers") and importantly in any move or TV programme , great, haunting soundtrack. The whistling of this gives this western depth and feeling. The other actors, including the head villain, all play their parts with a modicum of effort, enhancing this film.

The various shootouts are well handled, with Ryan's worsening disability becoming more obvious, as an example the shootout in the barn. Hunter's young man changes as the movie progresses in now not wanting to kill a semi blind man and also realising that perhaps the sherrif is right but his search for the truth of his father will out.

The final confrontation in the saloon followed by the the haunting soundtrack makes for a memorable western.


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