Man In The Shadow 1957 Jeff Chandler Orson Welles
Stars: Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller
Man in the Shadow is a traditional, straightforward B movie.
Spurline, a modern cow town, is run by Virgil Renchler. Virgil is the owner of the Golden Empire Ranch. One night, two of Virgil’s henchmen go a little too far and beat a “bracero” ranch hand to death. Faced with a cover-up and opposition on every hand, sheriff Ben Sadler is goaded into investigating. His unlikely ally is Renchler’s self-willed and overprotected daughter. Will Ben survive Renchler’s wrath?
The plot is a politically correct affair about small town lawman standing up against a powerful citizen to defend a minority. Family and friends urge Ben to leave well enough alone, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
Jeff Chandler is compelling. The most memorable moment is when Chandler is dragged by his wrists down Main Street. Sometimes he’s on his belly behind a pick-up truck. Orson Welles lent enormous prestige just by his appearance. His portrait of a malevolent Ben Cartwright is a great piece of work.
With the debate over illegal immigration from south of the American border, Man in the Shadow is a film that has a serious relevance for us today.
Tagline: “I’M YOUR LAW…yet you tell me to forget about Violence and Murder!” (original print ad)
- Director: Jack Arnold
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Albert Zugsmith Productions
- Run time: 80 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and White
- Subtitles: Spanish
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Sample Video from Man in the Shadow
Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
You may also enjoy The Jayhawkers, a 1959 Jeff Chandler western. Before the American Civil War began, rebel leader Luke dreams of a new independent Republic of Kansas. The name of the vigilante group is The Jayhawkers. Or, Thunder in the Sun, which stars Chandler along with Susan Hayward. There’s also The Spoilers, with Chandler and the lovely Anne Baxter. For an action-packed civil war drama, check out Two Flags West, starring Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell and Jeff Chandler.
Another flick you may enjoy is Star in the Dust, with John Agar. Abandoned to his fate by gutless townspeople, a sheriff must fight alone. On a similar note, there’s also Ride the Pink Horse, starring Robert Montgomery, which takes place in the border-town of San Pablo.
On more honorable mention – Orson Welles in the set Touch of Evil and Three Cases of Murder.
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