Violent Men (1955)

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    • Violent Men (1955)

      aka Rough Company



      Plot Summary
      A Union ex-officer plans to sell up to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner and the outfit's bully-boy tactics make him think again. When one of his hands is murdered he decides to stay and fight, utilising his war experience. Not all is well at Anchor with the owner's wife carrying on with his brother who anyway has a Mexican moll in town.
      Written by Jeremy Perkins, corrected by Michael Morrison

      Glenn Ford ... John Parrish
      Barbara Stanwyck ... Martha Wilkison
      Edward G. Robinson ... Lew Wilkison
      Dianne Foster ... Judith Wilkison
      Brian Keith ... Cole Wilkison
      May Wynn ... Caroline Vail
      Warner Anderson ... Jim McCloud
      Basil Ruysdael ... Tex Hinkleman
      Lita Milan ... Elena
      Richard Jaeckel ... Wade Matlock
      James Westerfield ... Sheriff Magruder
      Jack Kelly ... DeRosa
      Willis Bouchey ... Sheriff Martin Kenner
      Harry Shannon ... Purdue
      and many more...

      Rudolph Maté

      Writing Credits
      Harry Kleiner ... (screenplay)
      Donald Hamilton ... (based upon a novel by)

      Lewis J. Rachmil ... producer

      Max Steiner

      W. Howard Greene ... director of photography
      Burnett Guffey ... director of photography

      'Edward G. Robinson' may seem oddly cast in a western, but he was a rush replacement for 'Broderick Crawford' who early on in shooting fell off his horse and was injured. Robinson would later appear in the western Cheyenne Autumn (1964), this time replacing the ill Spencer Tracy who had to bail out.

      The horse stampede sequence comes from the earlier Glenn Ford Western THE DESPERADOES (1943)

      Average Shot Length (ASL) = 7.5 seconds

      The previous comment is totally incorrect as if you notice the daughter is wearing her gloves when inside the house arguing with her father. Then when she is leaving she grabs her hat from a stand next to the door and leaves.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Columbia/Warner Bros. Ranch - 411 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • The Violent Men is a 1955 Technicolor CinemaScope Western film drama directed by
      Rudolph Maté, based on the novel Smoky Valley by Donald Hamilton,
      and starring Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson.

      The storyline involves a ranch owner who comes into conflict
      with the land grabbing tactics the big local family
      but whose own tense marriage threatens their strangle hold over the region.

      The supporting cast features Brian Keith and Dianne Foster.

      User Review

      Another Range War Western With Some Infidelity Thrown In
      17 April 2006 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      bko wrote:

      This is yet another western about a greedy cattle baron looking to push out small ranchers and farmers. It's certainly all been done before and since. But The Violent Men is something special.

      What makes it special is Barbara Stanwyck playing the role of vixen as she often did in her later films. She's married to the crippled Edward G. Robinson who's the cattle baron here, but Robinson is crippled and there is some hint that his injuries may have left him impotent. No matter to Barbara, whose needs are being met by her brother-in-law Brian Keith. That doesn't sit well with either Dianne Foster who is Robinson and Stanwyck's daughter, nor with Lita Milan who is Keith's Mexican girl friend.

      The infidelity subplot almost takes over the film, but Glenn Ford as the stalwart small rancher who is a Civil War veteran come west for his health manages to hold his own here. He's every inch the quiet western hero who people make the mistake of pushing once too often. I almost expect those famous words from Wild Bill Elliott to come out of Ford's mouth, "I'm a peaceable man." Would have been very applicable in The Vioilent Men.

      The Fifties was the age of the adult western, themes were entering into horse operas that hadn't been explored before. The following year Glenn Ford would do another western, Jubal, one of his best which also explores infidelity as a plot component.

      There's enough traditional western stuff in The Violent Men and plenty for those who are addicted to soap operas as well.
      Best Wishes
      London- England