The Lonely Man

The Lonely Man is a 1957 American western film directed by Henry Levin and written by Harry Essex and Robert Smith. The film stars Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand, Robert Middleton, Elisha Cook, Jr., Claude Akins and Lee Van Cleef. The film was released on November 10, 1957, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2][3]

The Lonely Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Levin
Produced byPat Duggan
Screenplay byHarry Essex
Robert Smith
StarringJack Palance
Anthony Perkins
Neville Brand
Robert Middleton
Elisha Cook, Jr.
Claude Akins
Lee Van Cleef
Music byVan Cleave
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Edited byWilliam B. Murphy
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 10, 1957 (1957-11-10)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


Riley Wade hates his gunfighter father, Jacob, for deserting Riley's mother, who then committed suicide. Jacob rides to Red Bluff hoping to reconcile with his son, unaware that King Fisher holds a grudge and intends to shoot down Jacob, first chance.

Riley accompanies his father on the trail, setting their family ranch ablaze first, never letting him out of his sight. Jacob's sight, meantime, is fading; he is slowly going blind, a fact he hides from his son. Riley refuses to forgive his father until old friend Ben Ryerson explains to him that Jacob didn't desert his mother at all.

King comes to town with his men. Riley, aware for the first time of his father's failing vision, acts as his eyes in directing Jacob where to shoot. King's men die and he tries to sneak away, but he and Jacob end up in a showdown anyway and kill one another. Jacob dies in his son's arms.



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