The Lonely Man (1957)





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In this film, a gunfighter decides to return home after seventeen years to make amends with his son. The son blames him for his mother's death, and the reconciliation is difficult. Although there are many side action lines, the main theme is that of the interaction between father and son.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Western
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Paramount Pictures


Jack Palance
as Jacob Wade
Anthony Perkins
as Riley Wade
Robert Middleton
as Ben Ryerson
Neville Brand
as King Fisher
Elaine Aiken
as Ada Marshall
Claude Akins
as Blackburn
Harry Shannon
as Dr. Fisher
James Bell
as Judge Hart
Denver Pyle
as Sheriff
John Doucette
as Sundown Whipple
Paul Newlan
as Fence Green
Moody Blanchard
as Bode (uncredited)
Milton Frome
as Bixby - Bonneville Deputy (uncredited)
Tudor Owen
as Blacksmith, Mr. MacGregor (uncredited)
Russell Simpson
as Red Bluff Poker Player (uncredited)
Taggart Casey
as Sheriff Bradley (uncredited)
Dan White
as Butcher (uncredited)
Dick Ryan
as Old Man (uncredited)
Billy Dix
as Red Bluff Poker Player (uncredited)
Wesley Hudman
as Milt (uncredited)
Zon Murray
as Bartender (uncredited)
Alan Page
as Bystander (uncredited)
Ken Hooker
as Red Bluff Poker Player (uncredited)
Bill Meader
as Red Bluff Poker Player (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Lonely Man

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The minor western is emotionally directed by Henry Levin.

Full Review… | January 21, 2015
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Audience Reviews for The Lonely Man

If he wants to hate me, let him. Jacob Wade is a trouble, lonely, wandering gunslinger with money enough to settle down and retire but enough skeletons in his closet to fill a cemetery. He returns to his hometown to find his son, an angry man who hates him. He tries to settle down with his son but his son and his old enemies won't make it easy. "Can I buy you a drink?" "Anyone can buy me a drink." Henry Levin, director of Journey to the Center of the Earth, Where the Boys Are, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, and Jolson Sings Again, delivers The Lonely Man. The storyline for this picture is interesting and contains some worthwhile characters. I loved Anthony Perkins in this film but felt Jack Palace was a bit rigid. The rest of the cast delivered above average performances. "You mention my mother in this house again and I'll kill you." This was recommended to me via Verizon Fios so I DVR'd it off the Movies! Channel. I found this fun to watch unfold and it is a nice addition to the genre. I wouldn't call this anything special or a must see but it is worth following if you're a fan of the genre. "I look like her, don't I?" Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

The Lonely Man Starring: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Elaine Aikin, and Neville Brand Director: Henry Levin Jacob Wade (Palance), an aging gunfighter, who, among his many other problems, is going blind, seeks out his estranged son, Riley (Perkins), in a final attempt to forge a normal, peaceful life on a horse ranch and the straight-and-narrow. But Jacob's past won't be put to rest so easy, and if psychotic gambler King Fisher (Brand) has his way, Jacob will be laid to rest. "The Lonely Man" is a fairly run-of-the-mill western, with the plot being driven primarily by Jacob's desire to put violence behind him and attempt to up make up for all the years he wasn't part of Riley's life by teaching him all about busting broncos. The performances are about par for this sort of movie (which means they're pretty decent all around), and the film makes decent use of the natural surroundings. Unfortunately, the melodrama is slathered on so thick (particularly in the relationship between Jacob and Riley) that it drags the whole film down a notch. The horrendously stilted dialogue that is exchanged at many points during the film and pacing stumbles both near the beginning and at the middle hurt the film almost as much. I've seen worst westerns than "The Lonely Man", but there are far better out there as well. The funnest part about the film are the presense of some of the bit-players, such as Lee Van Cleef (who has more hair on his head here than I think he ever appeared with in any other film), Elisha Cook (whose character doesn't whine even once in his repeated scenes) and Claude Akins (who plays a former partner of Jacob, and who makes for a far more sinister character than the lead villain).

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

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