Man in the Shadow

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Man in the Shadow
Man in the Shadow film poster.jpg
Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by Albert Zugsmith
Written by Gene L. Coon
Orson Welles
Starring Jeff Chandler
Orson Welles
Colleen Miller
Ben Alexander
Release dates
September 20, 1957
Running time
80 min.
Language English

Man in the Shadow (1957) is a CinemaScope crime film starring Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller, Ben Alexander, and John Larch.

Plot summary[edit]

The cow town of Spurline is effectively ruled by Virgil Renchler (Welles), owner of the Golden Empire ranch.

One night, some of Renchler's hands beat a young laborer, Juan Martín, to death. The newly elected sheriff of Spurline, Ben Sadler (Chandler), decides to investigate the matter. During his investigation, he must contend with Renchler's henchmen and the fierce opposition of the townspeople, who fear Spurline would be ruined without the Golden Empire's business.



The part of Virgil Renchler was originally going to be played by Robert Middleton but agents from the William Morris Agency suggested Orson Welles, who badly needed the money to pay back taxes. During the course of making the film, Welles rewrote sections of the script. He also formed a relationship with Albert Zugsmith who produced Welles' next movie as director, Touch of Evil (1958).[1]

Director Jack Arnold says he had one incident with Orson Welles on Welles' first day of shooting but after that he was "wonderful" to work with and full of good ideas.[2]

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