The Proud Ones (1956)


“You don’t come with the best recommendations – a temper and the son of a dead gunslinger. ” – Honest John

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An honest town Marshall tries to keep the peace in his small town when the new railroad reaches their town bringing with it, lots of unsavory characters.

My Take on it – This is a western that I came across by accident and was quite intrigued by the overall premise.

They do a nice job with the film’s story line and it works even better due to the fact that Robert Ryan plays the lead character so well.

We get to see the various problems that this character must deal with both as a Marshall and as a human.

He must find a way to deal with the problems facing his town while also dealing with his own personal health issues which both cause to reevaluate everything taht he must do.

His dedication to his job and to keeping the peace in his town outweighs everything else that may become a stumbling block along the way.

The chemistry that he has with his deputy is great because it is built up through an acquired trust especially given the fact that they both have underlying feelings about the other which need to be dealt with as the story develops.

The film has a great gunfight at the end that is able to keep things feeling quite plausible while also allowing the story to stay unpredictable in the way that things move along.

The biggest complaint that I have about this film tho is the fact that Virginia Mayo is vastly underused and the chemistry between her character and Ryan feels a bit too forced and doesn’t flow well enough as one might hope that it should.

Bottom Line – Interesting western that works because Ryan is such a great lead character. His character needs to deal with both the problems in the town and his own health issues but insists on keeping to his heart and ensuring justice no matter what. His chemistry with his new deputy is great especially when we see that there is an underlying feeling that could possibly undermine this connection between them. The gunfight at the end is done well and they keep things feeling as plausible as possible as things unfold in directions that aren’t quite expected at all. The biggest complaint I have for this film is that Mayo is underused and she and Ryan don’t have strong enough chemistry together. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the purchase of the novel in December 1952 Victor Mature, Robert Wagner and Debra Paget were tentatively set for the leads and that Frank P. Rosenberg was going to produce for 20th Century Fox. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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