The Naked Spur

The Naked Spur

Anthony Mann (1953)

PG Certificate
Sat 27 Jan 10:15am - 12:05pm TCM


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In the third of the great collaborations between James Stewart and director Anthony Mann, Stewart is on ferocious form as a neurotic bounty hunter on the trail of charismatic murderer Robert Ryan, hoping to make enough money to buy a ranch in California, but threatened by obsession and madness. A tough, melodramatic western, it aspires to Greek or Shakespearean tragedy - against the truly Olympian Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the characters look suitably puny and pitiful, the playthings of the Gods. Janet Leigh, however, looks gorgeous - straight from the soda fountains of 1950s America - as Ryan's girl.


An embittered bounty hunter spends weeks on the trail of an elusive outlaw in the hope of claiming the $5,000 reward on his head. However, he makes the mistake of enlisting two dubious acquaintances to help him - an error of judgement that threatens to cost him more than just the money. Anthony Mann's Western, starring James Stewart, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell and Janet Leigh.

Cast & Crew

Howard Kemp James Stewart
Roy Anderson Ralph Meeker
Jesse Tate Millard Mitchell
Lina Patch Janet Leigh
Ben Vandergroat Robert Ryan
Director Anthony Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer