The Violent Men 1955 NR CC

(51) IMDb 7/10

Edward G. Robinson plays a disagreeable cattle baron whose wife (Barbara Stanwyck) is two-timing him. Together with his brother (with whom Stanwyck is having the affair), Robinson snatches up land illegally. Glenn Ford plays the pacifist who must engage in guerrilla warfare with the greedy brothers.

Starring:
Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Western
Director Rudolph Maté
Starring Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck
Supporting actors Edward G. Robinson, Dianne Foster, Brian Keith, May Wynn, Warner Anderson, Basil Ruysdael, Lita Milan, Richard Jaeckel, James Westerfield, Jack Kelly, Willis Bouchey, Harry Shannon, James Anderson, Carl Andre, Walter Beaver, Ray Beltram, Robert Bice, Edmund Cobb
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Terence Allen VINE VOICE on February 9, 2005
Format: DVD
In The Violent Men, Glenn Ford plays a rancher who owns a small spread in a valley being consumed by a hardbitten, crippled rancher played by Edward G. Robinson. Robinson's character was a pioneer, and feels that he is entitled to get as much of territory as he can get his hands on, and is close to getting it all, except for Ford's ranch and a few other small ranches.

Ford is getting ready to sell out to Robinson when the movie begins, but quickly changes his mind when Robinson's tactics become more and more violent. Robinson is aided by a seemingly dutiful wife, play by Barbara Stanwyck (very different from the Helen Barkley character she would play years later on the television series, The Big Valley), and by Robinson's younger, hotheaded brother, played by Brian Keith. Robinson also has a daughter who is none too fond of his tactics.

When Ford decides to stay, he organizes the other small ranchers, and a fullscale range war begins, with scorched earth tactics employed by both sides. Complicating matters is the fact that Stanwyck and Keith are having an affair, and have their own plans for Robinson's cattle empire.

The Violent Men is a very enjoyable western with solid performances by everyone involved.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hampton on September 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is not your average western. This more like a Western Noir Drama. The violent men features a top notch cast. Glenn ford, Edwarg G robinson and the queen of film noir Barbara Stanwyck starr in this Rudolph Mate (DOA) directed take on your standatre western. It's basically about a shrewd, crippled land tycoon (Robinson) his wife, (Stanwyck) and his hired goons who are taking all of the neighboring farmers land. He has almost all of the land he needs except for Glenn Ford's land. Conflicts and mayhem aboud.
Sounds like about 100 other westerns everyone's seen a million times. Well, not this one. This is coming from a director(Mate) who directed a film noir classic so you know that the story wouldn't be that simple. There are quite a few twists and turns and more than a few wrinkles thrown in for good measure. The violent men is well directed with very good performances throught with particular nods to Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G Robinson who work here for the first time since Billy Wilders classic Double Indemnity. Good Stuff.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on November 2, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Lew Wilkison (Eddie Robinson) is a cattle crippled cattle baron who drives the small ranchers and farmers out of his valley............THE VIOLENT MEN, a superior Western has Brian Keith play Robinson's brother and Barbara Stanwyck play his wife Martha, a sort of Lady Macbeth of the plains, who helps her husband grab the land because she wants it for herself (this was before she married Tom Barkley!). Stanwyck also wants the brother - she entertains him rather regularly in her bedroom, and the two of them scheme for the day Robinson dies and they will own the whole valley. They make a splendidly unsavoury trio! Barbara Stanwyck is in full command of her characterization of the mean, power-crazed woman and she finally got a Technicolor Western she could be proud of. In England, the picture was aptly released as ROUGH COMPANY and it was admired for its action scenes: a horse stampede, a ranch fire, an ambush - plus much internal drama between the characters. Fascinating stuff. The direction by Rudolph Mate (who photographed Stanwyck in her classic STELLA DALLAS) is rather flat and uneventful. The cinematography (Burnett Guffey) and musical score by Max Steiner make this fun Western a first-class picture to watch.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on September 7, 2005
Format: DVD
I have a rapidly growing affection for all the great Western classics produced during the 1950's and while Columbia Studios' "The Violent Men", would never be at the top of anyone's list of classic westerns it has a real appeal on many different levels that makes it essential viewing for western fans. It combines an extremely interesting human drama with the usual rugged action scenes set against some of the most spectacular outdoor scenery photographed in beautiful colour and cinemscope that you will find in any western. The real strength in "The Violent Men", is however it's wonderful cast of seasoned veterans who give their all and make the most of the characters and the conflicts they all find themselves in. Veterans Glenn Ford, and in particular the legendary pair Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson, reunited again all those years after their classic teaming in "Double Indemnity", don't disappoint in this action filled story about greed and principle and the consequences that both bring into the main characters lives.

Based on the novel by Donald Hamilton, "The Violent Men", stars Glenn Ford as John Parrish, a Captain from the Civil War who was injured and travels west to recuperate. John finds himself farming a small spread in a valley slowly being eaten up by crippled land baron Lee Wilkison (Edward G. Robinson), who to fulfill a promise to his deceitful wife Martha (Barbara Stanwyck), uses fair means or foul to buy up all the surrounding properties so that his spread will include the entire valley. Goaded on by his anxious fiance Caroline (May Wynn) John is agreeable to sell to Wilkison so that he can marry and then go back east.
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