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Emile G. Meyer

Highest Rated:   100% Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Lowest Rated:   33% Macon County Line (1974)
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American actor Emile G. Meyer had the squat, sinister features that consigned him nearly exclusively to western villains. Still, he was a good enough actor to transcend the stereotype, and audiences often found themselves understanding if not approving of his perfidy. The Meyer performance that most quickly comes to mind is in the movie Shane (1953), in which he played Ryker, the wealthy landowner who hires gunman Jack Palance to force the homesteaders off his turf. At first glance a two-dimensional baddie, Meyer delivers a heartfelt speech in which he bemoans the fact that pioneers like himself had to fight and die for their land, only to watch as outsiders rode in to stake claims on territory they hadn't truly earned. By the time Meyer is finished, half the audience is inclined towards his side, villain or no! In addition to his acting work, Emile G. Meyer also wrote TV and movie scripts. On that subject, Meyer was given to complaining in public as to how the old-boy network of Hollywood producers tended to freeze out any writer without a long list of screenplay credits -- and he complained as eloquently and persuasively as he had as Ryker in Shane (1953).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Shield for Murder
  • Capt. Gunnarson
2003
No Score Yet The Legend of Frank Woods
  • Sheriff Dooley
1977
33% Macon County Line
  • Gurney
1974
No Score Yet The Outfit
  • Amos
1974
No Score Yet A Time for Killing
  • Col. Harries
1967
No Score Yet Hostile Guns
  • Uncle Joe
1967
No Score Yet Move Over Darling
  • Process Server
1963
No Score Yet Young Jesse James
  • William Quantrill
1960
No Score Yet The Girl in Lovers Lane
  • Cal Anders
1960
No Score Yet Good Day for a Hanging
  • Marshall Hiram Cain
1959
No Score Yet The Fiend Who Walked the West
  • Ames
1958
83% The Lineup
  • Inspector Al Quine
1958
No Score Yet The Case Against Brooklyn
  • Capt. P.T. Wills
1958
94% Paths of Glory
  • Priest
1957
98% Sweet Smell of Success
  • Harry Kello
1957
No Score Yet The Delicate Delinquent
  • Kelly
1957
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson
  • Mac
1957
No Score Yet Gun the Man Down
  • Sheriff Morton
1956
No Score Yet The Maverick Queen
  • Malone
1956
No Score Yet Raw Edge
  • Pop Penny
1956
86% The Man With the Golden Arm
  • Inspector Bednar
1955
No Score Yet Man with the Gun
  • Saul Atkins
1955
No Score Yet The Tall Men
  • Chickasaw
1955
No Score Yet The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
  • Greenbacher
1955
76% Blackboard Jungle
  • Mr. Halloran
1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback
  • Sheriff Nat Bell
1955
No Score Yet White Feather
  • Magruder
1955
No Score Yet Silver Lode
  • Sheriff Wooley
1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11
  • The Warden
1954
No Score Yet The Human Jungle
  • Rowan
1954
No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife
  • Storekeeper
1953
97% Shane
  • Rufe Ryker
1953
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Skipper
1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married
  • Beauty Contest Announcer
1952
No Score Yet Carbine Williams
  • Head Guard
1952
No Score Yet The Wild North
  • Jake
1952
No Score Yet The Big Night
  • Packingpaugh
1951
No Score Yet The Mob
  • Gas Station Attendant
1951
No Score Yet The People Against O'Hara
  • Capt. Tom Mulvaney
1951
95% Panic in the Streets
  • Capt. Beauclyde
1950

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