Arena (1953 film)
1953 Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||Richard Fleischer|
|Produced by||Dore Schary|
|Release dates||June 24, 1953|
|Running time||83 min.|
Hob Danvers comes to a Tucson, Arizona rodeo with Sylvia Lorgan in tow. Hob has been separated from wife Ruth for two years, and doesn't realize she intends to be at the rodeo.
He meets up with old friends Lew and Meg Hutchins and learns that Lew is here looking for work. He is shocked to find that Lew's new job, after many years as a rodeo rider, is now as a clown.
Current rodeo star Jackie Roach turns up and makes a pass at Sylvia, who rejects him. Hob competes in bareback riding and so impresses Lew's young son that Lew bribes a cowboy to change places and let him ride a bucking bronco. Lew is thrown and badly injures his leg.
Ruth scolds the others for encouraging Lew, saying everyone should face the hard truth that his rodeo career is done. Lew, angry now, enters the Brahma bull competition over Meg's objections. Hob goes first and is thrown. Lew, attempting to distract the bull, cannot get away quickly enough due to his bad leg. He is fatally gored. Hob walks away, leaving Sylvia behind, but Ruth joins him on the way out.
- Gig Young as Hob Danvers
- Harry Morgan as Lew Hutchins
- Polly Bergen as Ruth
- Jean Hagen as Meg
- Barbara Lawrence as Sylvia
- Robert Horton as Jack Roach
According to MGM records the film earned $762,000 in the US and Canada and $260,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $444,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.