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The Lusty Men (1952)



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In this modern-day western, former rodeo star Robert Mitchum, disabled by a series of accidents, hobbles back to his Oklahoma hometown. Aspiring bronco-buster Arthur Kennedy hires Mitchum to train him for an upcoming rodeo, promising that they'll split the winnings. Complications arise when Mitchum falls hard for Kennedy's wife.

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Robert Mitchum
as Jeff McCloud
Susan Hayward
as Louise Merritt
Arthur Kennedy
as Wes Merritt
Arthur Hunnicutt
as Booker Davis
Frank Faylen
as Al Dawson
Walter Coy
as Buster Burgess
Carol Nugent
as Rusty Davis
Maria Hart
as Rosemary Maddox
Lorna Thayer
as Grace Burgess
Burt Mustin
as Jeremiah
Karen King
as Ginny Logan
Jimmie Dodd
as Red Logan
Riley Hill
as Hoag the Ranch Hand
Chuck Roberson
as Tall Cowboy
Lane Bradford
as Jim-Bob Tyler
Sam Flint
as Doctor
Emmett Lynn
as Travis White
Glenn Strange
as Rig Ferris the Foreman
Dan White
as Announcer
Lane Chandler
as Announcer
Ralph Volkie
as Slicker
Dennis Moore
as Cashier
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Critic Reviews for The Lusty Men

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Portrayed with Ray's usual sympathy for outsiders, the central threesome are decent, flawed romantics .

October 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A somewhat slow starter, once underway it is kept playing with growing interest under Nicholas Ray's firm direction.

October 23, 2007 | Full Review…

The story isn't much (the security of family life versus the rootlessness and danger of working as a rodeo rider), but the situation is rich in emotional resonances which Ray conjures into life convincingly.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The punch of the film is in its details of rodeo life as it is, and for this R. K. O. and Producer Jerry Wald have a dynamic film.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A masterpiece by Nicholas Ray -- perhaps the most melancholy and reflective of his films.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Mitchum is the most convincing cowboy I've seen in horse opry, meeting every situation with the lonely, distant calm of a master cliché-dodger.

November 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lusty Men

this is one of nicholas ray's best films with a terrific performance by robert mitchum. i can't quite make out why i have never heard about this before. it might be the ridiculous title. anyway, a great gritty and realistic rodeo story. don't pass it up

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


spare tough little drama of the rodeo circuit. Fine performances

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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