|THE LONELY MAN (director: Henry Levin; screenwriters: Harry J. Essex/Robert Smith; cinematographer: Lionel Lindon; editor: William B. Murphy; music: Van Cleave; cast: Jack Palance (Jacob Wade), Anthony Perkins (Riley Wade), Neville Brand (King Fisher), Elaine Aiken (Ada Marshall), Robert Middleton (Ben Ryerson), Elisha Cook (Willie), Claude A. Akins (Blackburn), Harry Shannon (Dr. Fisher), Lee Van Cleef (Faro), Tennessee Ernie Ford (Singer); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Pat Duggan; Paramount Pictures; 1957 )|
western is emotionally directed by Henry Levin."
by Dennis Schwartz
based on the 1941 film Shepherd of the
Hills, and apes it with an equally sentimental
ending. The minor western is emotionally directed by
Henry Levin ("Two of a Kind"/"Convicted"/"The
Man From Colorado"). Harry J. Essex and
Robert Smith co-write the screenplay, as a
redemption story for a gunslinger. It has an
Oedipal complex theme.
Wade (Jack Palance) is the gunslinger with a big rep
who suddenly returns home after years on the run to
his ranch, now operated by his former saloon piano
flame Ada (Elaine Aiken).
Jacob's surprised to discover his wife is dead and
that his sensitive son Riley (Anthony Perkins) can't
stand him for deserting the family. When daddie
promises him a fresh start, the son goes on the road
with him. But everyplace they go, Jacob has enemies.
So they return to the ranch, seeking a peaceful life.
Neville Brand and Lee Van Cleef are dad's menacing old pals who return seeking vengeance, as they plan to ambush Jacob.
REVIEWED ON 1/19/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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