The Violent Men
|The Violent Men|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rudolph Maté|
|Produced by||Lewis J. Rachmil|
|Written by||Donald Hamilton (novel)
Edward G. Robinson
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Cinematography||W. Howard Greene
|Edited by||Jerome Thoms|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$1,950,000 (US)|
The Violent Men is a 1955 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 bickering married couple at odds with cattlemen in their small town. The supporting cast features Brian Keith and Dianne Foster.
Parrish (Ford), a Union Army ex-officer, plans to sell his land to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, Caroline (May Wynn), but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner, Lew Wilkison (Robinson), and the outfit's bully-boy tactics make him think again. When one of Parrish's hands is murdered, he decides to stay and fight, utilizing his war experience.
Not all is well at Anchor with the owner's wife, Martha (Stanwyck), carrying on with his brother, Cole (Brian Keith), who also has a Mexican moll in town. Parrish eventually gets the upper hand, and when the Wilkisons' daughter, Judith (Dianne Foster), comes to understand what her family is like and what Parrish has been up against, she realizes they can join forces as peaceful neighbors and perhaps more.
- Glenn Ford as John Parrish
- Barbara Stanwyck as Martha Wilkison
- Edward G. Robinson as Lew Wilkison
- Brian Keith as Cole Wilkison
- Dianne Foster as Judith Wilkison
- May Wynn as Caroline Vail
- Richard Jaeckel as Wade Matlock
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
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