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Stranger on Horseback

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1955
  • Jacques Tourneur
  • 65 mins
  • PG

Summary

The son of a powerful cattle baron gets away with murder, but a judge is determined to make him stand trial - despite fierce opposition from the killer's father. Western, starring Joel McCrea and Kevin McCarthy

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Joel McCrea brings his calm authority to this strong but unusually brief western, playing the circuit judge who dares to arrest Kevin McCarthy, the spoiled killer son of the local land baron (John McIntire) and then has to coax witnesses to testify. The film was shot on location in Sedona, Arizona (not in Mexico, as is sometimes claimed), using an unsatisfactory colour process. However, highly capable director Jacques Tourneur draws effective performances from the cast, which also includes Emile Meyer as the intimidated local sheriff, John Carradine as a corrupt attorney, and the young Czech-born Miroslava, a star of Mexican cinema who killed herself just as this film was released.

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Credits

Cast

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Rick ThorneJoel McCrea
Amy Lee BannermanMiroslava
Tom BannermanKevin McCarthy
Josiah BannermanJohn McIntire
Caroline WebbNancy Gates
Colonel StreeterJohn Carradine
Sheriff Nat BellEmile Meyer

Crew

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DirectorJacques Tourneur

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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