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The Lusty Men (1952)

The Lusty Men (1952)

The Lusty Men




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The titular Lusty Men are rodeo riders in this modern-day western, assembled with a touch of the offbeat by director Nicholas Ray. Former rodeo star Robert Mitchum, disabled by a series of accidents, hobbles back to his Oklahoma hometown in hopes of replenishing his bank account. Aspiring bronco-buster Arthur Kennedy hires Mitchum to train him for an upcoming rodeo, promising that they'll split the winnings. It doesn't take a crystal ball to predict that Mitchum will soon fall hard for Kennedy's wife Susan Hayward; she can take Mitchum or leave him, but decides to take him so that he'll continue to train Kennedy. After a falling out, Mitchum quits his job and enters the rodeo himself, hoping to win the prize from the arrogant Kennedy. He proves he still has what it takes, but does so at the price of his life. The Lusty Men was co-adapted by one-time cowboy David Dotort from a Life magazine story by Claude Stannish.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Dortort, Horace McCoy
In Theaters:
RKO Pictures


Robert Mitchum
as Jeff McCloud
Susan Hayward
as Louise Merritt
Arthur Kennedy
as Wes Merritt
Arthur Hunnicutt
as Booker Davis
Frank Faylen
as Al Dawson
Walter Coy
as Buster Burgess
Carol Nugent
as Rusty Davis
Maria Hart
as Rosemary Maddox
Lorna Thayer
as Grace Burgess
Burt Mustin
as Jeremiah
Karen King
as Ginny Logan
Jimmie Dodd
as Red Logan
Riley Hill
as Hoag the Ranch Hand
Chuck Roberson
as Tall Cowboy
Lane Bradford
as Jim-Bob Tyler
Sam Flint
as Doctor
Emmett Lynn
as Travis White
Glenn Strange
as Rig Ferris the Forem...
Dan White
as Announcer
Lane Chandler
as Announcer
Ralph Volkie
as Slicker
Dennis Moore
as Cashier
Jimmy Dodd
as Red Logan
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Critic Reviews for The Lusty Men

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

A somewhat slow starter, once underway it is kept playing with growing interest under Nicholas Ray's firm direction.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

The story isn't much (the security of family life versus the rootlessness and danger of working as a rodeo rider), but the situation is rich in emotional resonances which Ray conjures into life convincingly.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The punch of the film is in its details of rodeo life as it is, and for this R. K. O. and Producer Jerry Wald have a dynamic film.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A masterpiece by Nicholas Ray -- perhaps the most melancholy and reflective of his films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A key American vision, with Ray's sense of failure and transience and grace pulled together into Mitchum's wink of soulful nonchalance

Full Review… | November 9, 2014

Portrayed with Ray's usual sympathy for outsiders, the central threesome are decent, flawed romantics .

Full Review… | October 13, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Lusty Men

this is one of nicholas ray's best films with a terrific performance by robert mitchum. i can't quite make out why i have never heard about this before. it might be the ridiculous title. anyway, a great gritty and realistic rodeo story. don't pass it up

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


spare tough little drama of the rodeo circuit. Fine performances

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I have seen eight films by Nicholas Ray Thus far. Seven of the eight are masterpieces with the other one being far from perfect but excellent nonetheless.

steven mayo

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