The Lusty Men

1952

Action / Drama

2
IMDb Rating 7.5

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English
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113 min
P/S 52 / 72

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by abooboo-2 9

Fascinating, penetrating glimpse into the world of rodeo competitions and the often foolish lengths that men will go to prove their manhood. Superbly shot, written and acted, it's also a chance to see Robert Mitchum in top form. Criminally confident and cool, he absolutely carries the film despite exhibiting the demeanor of a man dozing in a hammock under a hot summer sun. Fed a steady diet of dead-on dialogue like "Never was a bull that couldn't be rode, Never was a cowboy that couldn't be throwed," and "Hope's a funny thing. A man can have it - even when there ain't no reason," he feasts with a wink and a smile. He and feisty Susan Hayward have great chemistry together and the movie is consistently eventful and exciting, with particularly realistic rodeo footage. (Maltin is right about the very last scene though - it does feel false.) By all means, seek it out - it's one of the most purely entertaining 1950's films I can recall.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 8

One of Robert Mitchum&#39;s best films from his days at RKO is The Lusty Men about the rodeo circuit. Mitchum plays Jeff McCloud a burned out rodeo rider who spots some potential star talent in Wes Merritt. He also spots Merritt&#39;s wife and the Merritts are played by Arthur Kennedy and Susan Hayward. <br/><br/>Mitchum&#39;s been thrown by one too many bulls and horses and he&#39;s a burned out man. Still the allure of the circuit holds him in sway. He mentors Kennedy until they come to a parting of the ways and not just over Susan Hayward. The part is a perfect fit for Mitchum, his own footloose past made him understand the character of Jeff McCloud and bring it to life. <br/><br/>This was the first of two films Mitchum did with Susan Hayward. She&#39;s clearly in support of him and she knows it. Her big moment on screen is dispatching a rodeo groupie at a party who had designs on Arthur Kennedy. Her footage had to be shot first, according to Lee Server&#39;s biography of Mitchum, as Hayward had a commitment in Africa to shoot The Snows of Kilimanjaro.<br/><br/>Among the supporting cast Arthur Hunnicutt, one of the biggest scene stealers around, is very good as another burned out rodeo rider. Mitchum looks at him and sees that is his future. In fact in the end, so does Kennedy.<br/><br/>The Lusty Men is a fine depiction of rodeo life, ranking up there with the later Junior Bonner and 8 Seconds. Good entertainment all around.

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Reviewed by whpratt1 10

After viewing this film, it is truly a great 1950&#39;s classic with outstanding acting by the entire cast; and a great story with a realistic view of what the Rodeo life really is and the pain and suffering that is experienced by men and woman. Robert Mitchum(Jeff McCloud),&quot;Farewell&#39;,My Lovely&quot;,&#39;75, played a real calm cool veteran star of the Cowboy game shows and was very successful, but was beginning to show wear and tear. Arthur Kennedy, (Wes Merritt),&quot;Peyton Place&quot;,&#39;57, was originally a ranch hand trying to buy his dream house for his wife Louise Merritt,(Susan Hayward),&quot;With A Song in My Heart&quot;,&#39;52, and loved her husband very much. However, when Wes Merritt got together with Jeff McCloud, all hell broke loose and Louise did everything she could to hog tie her husband down from very hot women, wild horses, and bulls with angry tempers. Great film, don&#39;t miss it, it will be around for many generations to enjoy.

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