Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)

Tribute to a Bad Man





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The catch-all title Tribute to a Bad Man had been floating around MGM for years (at one point, it was the working title for The Bad and the Beautiful) before it was finally affixed to this big-budget western. Originally intended as a vehicle for Spencer Tracy, the film was recast with James Cagney when Tracy walked out of his MGM contract. Cagney stars as no-nonsense land baron Jeremy Rodock, who plays by his own rules, his own sense of justice and his own code of honor. Young cowhand Steve … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Blankfort
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 1994



as Jeremy Rodock

as Steve Miller

as Jocasta Constantine

as Lars Peterson

as Barjack

as L.A. Peterson

as Mrs. L.A. Peterson

as Fat Jones

as Second buyer

as First buyer

as Cowboy

as Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for Tribute to a Bad Man

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Earns its kudos by showing the rough-and-tumble everyday working life of the cowboy.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Tribute to a Bad Man

Cagney elevates this western as a hard driving ranch master who metes out prarie justice. Papas is strong as the love interest of two men but Dubbins is a non-entity as the second lead and hurts the film.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


James Cagney didn't make many westerns, and that's probably just as well But check out the way he pronounces "Pennsyvania" like a true cowboy.

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