Stranger on Horseback

Stranger on Horseback is a 1955 American Anscocolor Western film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Joel McCrea.[1] The screenplay is based on a story by Louis L'Amour.

Stranger on Horseback
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJacques Tourneur
Produced byRobert Goldstein
Screenplay byHerb Meadow
Don Martin
Story byLouis L'Amour
StarringJoel McCrea
Music byPaul Dunlap
CinematographyRay Rennahan
Edited byWilliam B. Murphy
Leonard Goldstein Productions
Robert Goldstein Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • March 23, 1955 (1955-03-23)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States


Rick Thorne, a circuit judge, rides into Bannerman and discovers everything in town is controlled by rich rancher Josiah Bannerman and his kin. He meets sheriff Nat Bell and district attorney Buck Streeter and asks why Bannerman's arrogant son, Tom, got away with killing a man without an arrest or trial.

Offered no assistance, Thorne stands up to Tom and then jails him. He becomes acquainted with Bannerman's beautiful niece, Amy Lee, who is attracted to Thorne but doubts her cousin Tom is a cold-blooded killer.

Thorne finds allies in Caroline and Vince Webb, who own a gun shop and are willing to testify with evidence against Tom in court. Thorne realizes he needs to sneak Tom and the Webbs to a different town if he's to get a fair trial. Bannerman and his men pursue them, and Amy Lee watches as Tom deliberately causes Vince Webb's death. In time, Thorne gets the prisoner to the next town safely, and Amy Lee goes to court to back him up.


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