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The Man From Laramie (1955)




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James Stewart re-teams with director Anthony Mann to play Will Lockhart, a Wyoming rancher who sets out to exact revenge on the men whose sale of guns to the Apaches resulted in the death of his brother. Upon reaching the New Mexico town of Coronado, Lockhart learns that the town is run by the aging Alec Waggoman (Donald Crisp), a nearly blind cattleman enmeshed in a power struggle with a female rancher named Kate Canaday (Aline MacMahon). After running afoul of Waggoman's sociopath son, Dave (Alex Nicol), Lockhart is nearly beaten to death before the intervention of Vic Hansbro (Arthur Kennedy), the ranch foreman and the adopted son of Alec. After signing on for work at Canaday's ranch, Lockhart learns of Alec's decision to leave his empire to Dave; Vic, who has overseen the ranch for years, is outraged. As he steps up his search for clues to his brother's death, he becomes more and more entangled in a series of twists and turns inevitably involving gunplay and yet more murder.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Burt, Philip Yordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


James Stewart
as Will Lockhart
Arthur Kennedy
as Vic Hansbro
Donald Crisp
as Alec Waggoman
Alex Nicol
as Dave Waggoman
Cathy O'Donnell
as Barbara Waggoman
Aline MacMahon
as Kate Canaday
Wallace Ford
as Charley O'Leary
Jack Elam
as Chris Boldt
John War Eagle
as Frank Darrah
James Millican
as Tom Quigby
Boyd Stockman
as Spud Oxton
Frank Cordell
as Mule Driver
Bill Catching
as Mule Driver
Jack Carry
as Mule Driver
William Catching
as Mule Driver
Frosty Royce
as Mule Driver
Eddy Waller
as Dr. Selden
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Critic Reviews for The Man From Laramie

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Top Critic

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

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

Atmospheric Western that is also filled with crime, mystery and suspense.

Full Review… | August 6, 2013
Classic Film and Television

This adult psychological Western represents one of the best collaborations between director Anthony Mann and star Jimmy Stewart.

Full Review… | October 21, 2012

The fifth of Anthony Mann's five Westerns with Jimmy Stewart, The Man from Laramie looks more and more like the best of the lot.

Full Review… | August 21, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Man From Laramie

An okay movie for a western, Stewart is a great actor, and he brings the movie to life.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Like the Sons of Katie Elder, The Man from Laramie deals heavily with father/son relationships in the old west, and how the weak son fails the empire-carving father. The son Dave (Alex Nicol) isn't just weak and ignorant, he's also mean-spirited. Vic (Arthur Kennedy) is put in charge of "keeping" Dave, but Dave travels across the ranch like an oafish baby, and Vic can only keep him in line so well. But Vic has other reasons for disliking Dave, especially the fact that when the old man (Donald Crisp) dies, Dave will inherit (and likely fritter away) all the hard work he's put into the ranch. Lockhart (James Stewart) has come to to town supposedly to deliver a shipment to the general store, but his real agenda is to discover who sold the repeating rifles to the apaches who killed his brother. There are no stereotypical villains in this movie, no one is strictly speaking "evil" (except perhaps dave, who just wants to be the man his father was), they're more misguided. When the old man came out west, he had to be tough, as there wasn't any law to protect him and his property. Times have changed, and he wants his son to learn how to do the bookkeeping, but all Dave wants to do is play cowboy and spends every opportunity looking for a fight. Lockhart is shrewd and cool as a cucumber as he works towards finding his revenge, and it's a vengeance that won't be denied. The psychology of the characters is well fleshed out and puts the Man from Laramie a step above the stereotypical black-and-white westerns.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


James Stewart plays an army captain on the trail of gun runners who sold rifles to the Apache resulting in the death of his brother. Mann and Stewart made some great westerns together but this one somehow didn't have the spark that makes a film special for me. Stewart is as reliable as ever and Mann's direction solid, but there's something so terribly generic about this one. I think black and white suited Mann's style far better, and the plot to this film seems so formulaic and predictable that I was stifling yawns by the time it was half finished. The characters were all a little too familiar, the outcome inevitable and there's very little in the way of action along the way. Not bad by any means, but it's not in the same league as the likes of Winchester '73.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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