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Cast a Long Shadow (1959)

Approved | | Western | September 1959 (USA)
A young man without surname inherits a big indebted ranch and has to prove his worthiness managing a cattle drive

Director:

Thomas Carr

Writers:

Martin Goldsmith (screenplay) (as Martin M. Goldsmith), John McGreevey (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Matt Brown
Terry Moore ... Janet Calvert
John Dehner ... Chip Donohue
James Best ... Sam Mullen
Rita Lynn Rita Lynn ... Hortensia
Denver Pyle ... Preacher Harrison
Ann Doran ... Charlotte Calvert
Stacy Harris ... Eph Brown (as Stacy S. Harris)
Robert Foulk ... Hugh Rigdon
Wright King ... Noah Pringle
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Storyline

Matt Brown is a penniless drunk who gets into brawls often times. He also plays poker when he has money. During a fight over a poker game, Matt is saved by Chip Donahue, the foreman of the Keenan ranch. Chip tels Matt that old man Jake Keenan died and he left his 87,000 acre ranch and fortune to Matt. Keenan had no family other than his illegitimate son, Matt. Whilst he was alive, old man Keenan never recognized Matt as his son and also treated Matt's mother very badly. Back at the ranch in Lobos, New Mexico, Matt rekindles his relationship with his former girlfriend, Janet Calvert. They decide to marry, despite her brothers' reluctance to accept Matt and in spite of Sam Mullen's advances toward Janet. Her brothers would rather see her marry Sam Mullen than Matt. When Janet's mother gives her blessings to Matt, things calm down and a celebration starts. Meanwhile, Chip Donahue the ranch foreman, discovers bank documents in the ranch's safe. These documents show that old man Jake ... Written by nufs68

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The roughest vengeance-trail a man ever rode !

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sombras del pasado See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director Thomas Carr. See more »

Quotes

Chip Donohue: If I see one more hand touch one more jug, there may not be a jug... and there may not be a hand.
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Soundtracks

Nearer, My God, to Thee
(uncredited)
Written by Sarah Flower Adams
Performed by Denver Pyle and the church congregation
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The left side of the blanket
17 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in those days of the 19th century the polite phrase in describing Audie Murphy's illegitimate birth was to say he was born on the left side of the blanket. I think this story came from the left side of the blanket.

Cast A Long Shadow has Murphy as the illegitimate son of the owner of the local Ponderosa who lives a wastrel life. As the film opens the foreman of said Ponderosa John Dehner pulls a drunk Murphy out of the saloon and tells him his father died and as he had no other family the whole thing is left to him.

Dehner was hoping it be left to him, but since it wasn't and Murphy just wants to keep on with his wastrel life, Dehner has built up a syndicate of sorts from the locals to purchase the place and keep Murphy in booze for a very long time.

What happens afterward, the way Murphy is treated by the townspeople no matter how their 19th century blue noses felt for a man who was to be their benefactor is just ridiculous. Only Terry Moore who Murphy once courted treats him well.

All Dehner's and the rest's plans go up in smoke for the unbridled contempt they hold him in and for another little joker in the deck that gets sprung on everyone. How it all is resolved is for you to see Cast A Long Shadow.

Try as I may I really could not accept people acting against their own rational self interest the way these people do when it comes to Murphy. Cast A Long Shadow will not be rated as one of Audie's better westerns.


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