Ride the Man Down

Ride the Man Down is a 1952 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane, written by Mary C. McCall, Jr., and starring Brian Donlevy, Rod Cameron, Ella Raines, Forrest Tucker, Barbara Britton, Chill Wills and J. Carrol Naish. The film was released on November 25, 1952, by Republic Pictures.[1][2][3]

Ride the Man Down
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Kane
Produced byJoseph Kane
Screenplay byMary C. McCall, Jr.
StarringBrian Donlevy
Rod Cameron
Ella Raines
Forrest Tucker
Barbara Britton
Chill Wills
J. Carrol Naish
Music byNed Freeman
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byFred Allen
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • November 25, 1952 (1952-11-25)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


Celia Evarts and her brother John inherit the valuable Hatchet Ranch after their father dies in a blizzard. Other cattlemen and cowboys in the region immediately try to take advantage, grazing on the land and using its water for free. Celia's brother is also shot and killed.

Will Ballard, her foreman, sets out to protect Celia's interests, with sheriff Joe Kneen's help, particularly after Celia's fiance, Sam Danfelser, betrays her and sides with Bide Marriner, a rich rancher who hopes to gain control of Hatchet for himself. Bide seizes a watering hole and the only way Will can think of to defeat him is to destroy it. Bide then tries to shoot the sheriff in the back, but Kneen gets the better of him. Sam rides in for one more confrontation, but before he and Will can come face to face, Celia slips away and takes care of matters herself.



Parts of the film were shot in Kanab Canyon, Johnson Canyon, and Cave Lakes in Utah.[4]


  1. "Ride the Man Down (1953) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  2. "Ride-the-Man-Down - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  3. "Ride the Man Down". Afi.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  4. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
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