The Vanquished

The Vanquished is a 1953 American Western film directed by Edward Ludwig, written by Lewis R. Foster, Winston Miller and Frank L. Moss, and starring John Payne, Jan Sterling, Coleen Gray, Lyle Bettger, Willard Parker, Roy Gordon and John Dierkes. It was released on June 3, 1953, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2][3]

The Vanquished
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward Ludwig
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay byLewis R. Foster
Winston Miller
Frank L. Moss
Based onstory by Karl Brown
StarringJohn Payne
Jan Sterling
Coleen Gray
Lyle Bettger
Willard Parker
Roy Gordon
John Dierkes
Music byLucien Cailliet
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Edited byFrank Bracht
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 3, 1953 (1953-06-03)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States


The war over, civil administrator Roger Hale has become the scourge of the Southern town of Galeston, exacting his own kind of justice. He and his ex-prostitute lover Rose Slater also have moved into the Grayson manor, childhood home of Rockwell Grayson, who has been away fighting in the war.

After ostensibly going to see inspector general Hildebrandt to request he investigate Hale's activities, Rock instead returns to form an alliance with Hale, offering to become his tax collector and siding with him publicly against the townspeople. Jane Colfax, his former sweetheart, is shocked by Rock's behavior, as are others.

Rose's greed leads her to purchase a nearby plantation with Hale's ill-gotten gains and offer to cut Rock in on their profits. She also persuades Hale to sign a document bequeathing his possessions to her should anything happen to him.

Rock is revealed to be working undercover on the general's behalf, gaining information to use against Hale. A former union officer, Kirby, learns of Rock's real mission. Rock is shot and reveals his true purpose to Jane, who forgives him and threatens Rose with a pair of scissors. Rose then shoots Hale, possibly by mistake, possibly not. Rock gets the better of Kirby and reunites with Jane.



In May 1951 Pine-Thomas Productions signed a contract with Paramount to turn out at least eight films in 1952 and 1953. The proposed projects included an adaptation of the unpublished novel The Rebel by Karl Brown. They also signed a contract with John Payne to make six films in three years.[4][5]

In April 1952 it was announced Pine-Thomas would make the film as Thunderbolt and it would star Payne and Arlene Dahl, who had just made Caribbean for Pine-Thomas. The film would be the second of a three-picture deal Dahl had signed with the company. It was described as a "Scarlet Pimpernel of the south". Edward Ludwig signed to direct.[6]

By June the film's title had been changed to The Lion's Share and then Violence at Thunder Run. Dahl had dropped out and Jan Sterling and Colleen Grey signed to co star.[7]

The film was also known as The Conquerors, and Brazen.

Filming took place in August 1952 under a new title Rock Grayson's Women.[8] In December the title was changed yet again, to The Vanquished.[9]

Comic book adaptation


  1. "The Vanquished (1953) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  2. "The-Vanquished - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  3. VANQUISHED, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 20, Iss. 228, (Jan 1, 1953): 125.
  4. PRODUCERS PINE, THOMAS SIGN WITH PARAMOUNT Los Angeles Times 29 May 1951: A3.
  5. Obituary of Karl Brown at Los Angeles Times
  6. MARIO LANZA TO DO ROMBERG OPERETTA New York Times 3 Apr 1952: 44.
  7. SENATE COMMITTEE TO STUDY FILMDOM New York Times 17 July 1952: 20.
  8. Drama: More Film Adventure Due for John Payne Los Angeles Times 8 Aug 1952: B6
  9. 'Wedding' Termed Brilliant Writing Los Angeles Times 28 Dec 1952: D3
  10. "Movie Love #22". Grand Comics Database.
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