The Man from Laramie (1955)

'The Man from Laramie'
James Stewart

'The Man from Laramie' is a Western action movie made in 1955, directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart. It was the fifth, final and the most successful time that Stewart and Mann had made a Western together, and their eighth collaboration in all.

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With Mann at the helm, Stewart gives a memorable performance as a resolute and mysterious stranger obsessed with finding the man responsible for selling rifles to the Apaches who killed his brother. He gets embroiled with the Waggoman family, father Alec Waggoman (Donald Crisp), and sadistic son Dave (Alex Nicol) but in the end justice is done.

The movie provides a number of examples of Anthony Mann's trademark use of the landscape to portray or emphasise a character's emotional state.

Main Cast

James Stewart ... Will Lockhart
Arthur Kennedy ... Vic Hansbro
Donald Crisp ... Alec Waggoman
Cathy O'Donnell ... Barbara Waggoman
Alex Nicol ... Dave Waggoman
Aline MacMahon ... Kate Canady
Wallace Ford ... Charley O'Leary
Jack Elam ... Chris Boldt
James Millican ... Tom Quigby
Frank DeKova ... Padre
Eddy Waller ... Dr. Selden (uncredited)


Director ... Anthony Mann
Producer ... William Goetz
Written by ... Philip Yordan, Frank Burt
Music ... George Duning, Lester Lee
Cinematography ... Charles Lang
Studio ... William Goetz Productions
Distributed by ... Columbia Pictures
Release date ... August 31, 1955
Running time ... 104 min.

Academy Awards

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