The Lusty Men (1952)

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Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.


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  • Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men (1952)
  • Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men (1952)
  • Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men (1952)
  • Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men (1952)
  • Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward in The Lusty Men (1952)
  • Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward, and Arthur Kennedy in The Lusty Men (1952)

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24 October 2003 | dunn36035
My favorite Mitchum film
This is my all-time favorite Robert Mitchum movie. In fact, it's the movie that made Mitchum one of my favorite actors. I saw this movie as a child on television and could not understand why Susan Hayworth would prefer Arthur Kennedy to Robert Mitchum.

It's a dusty, exhausting rodeo film, so realistic that one can almost smell the horses. Seeing how the participants usually had to pick up their winnings ("day money") in a bar after what could have been a physically crippling time in the arena shows how easy it would have been to start drinking to kill the pain and the fear. Also the rodeo "groupies", so ready to soothe the pains and massage the ego, have probably changed very little since the early '50s. The character of Jeff McCloud has obviously been there and done that, and Mitchum plays the weariness with authenticity and sympathy. He also reveals his ability to play comedy in the scene in Rosemary's trailer with Frank Faylen.

I heartily recommend this film to anyone wanting to see a realistic slice of Americana, and good performances by all the leads.

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