Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)




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A hard-bitten rancher fights to keep his enormous Colorado spread intact. In order to keep his ranch hands in line and to deter cattle rustles and horse thieves, he frequently devises cruel torments or resorts to hanging. One day he hires a newly arrived Pennsylvania grocery clerk as his newest hand. The greenhorn is appalled by his new employer's brutal methods. Trouble brews when the rookie cowpoke falls in love with his boss's love. This was the last western in which actor James Cagney appeared.


Critic Reviews for Tribute to a Bad Man

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

Jan 24, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tribute to a Bad Man


Cagney makes it totally believable that he's a ranch owner in the middle of nowhere, Colorado, dealing with horse thieves the old fashioned way. His big problem though is that the only woman in over 200 miles is undecided as to her affections. Loads of typical Western shots, horseflesh, and cowpokes spitting gives the work authenticity, and Irene Papas makes her indecision gambit viable. The story is told through the eyes of one Don Dubbins as The Kid, and he unfortunately lacks the charisma to hold interest.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

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