Arena (1953)

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Rodeo rider's marriage is endangered because of his commitment to the sport.

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23 April 2005 | lorenellroy
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| A Soap opera with spurs
The definitive rodeo movie -at least for my money -is The Lusty Men ,directed by the great Nicholas Ray ,a movie that appeared a year before Arena and Arena is essentially a scaled down ,somewhat soap opera style version of the Ray picture with a more lightweight and less stellar cast in the key roles . The protagonist is Hob Daniels ( Gig Young ) a rodeo star whose career and resultant nomadic lifestyle have brought about a separation between himself and his wife ( Polly Bergen ) .They meet up in Tuscon where Hob is competing in a rodeo and an attempted reconciliation fails to materialise .Hob is accompanied by his current girl friend ,Sylvia Lorgan ( Barbara Lawrence) a woman who in another era would be described as a rodeo groupie . Also present is an ageing rodeo star fallen up hard times ;this is Lew Hutchins (Harry Morgan ) whose devoted wife ( Jean Hagen ) ,rather like Hobs wife ,would like to see her husband settling down instead of working as a rodeo clown ,thje only work he can get . The movie is in essence the battle between the women and their desire for domesticity and the men who are in love with their free spirited ,hand to mouth world with its camaraderie and celebrity . The script is ,sadly ,too lightweight to explore this tension in any but the most perfunctory of ways and the picture never manages to be anything other than pleasant but unmemorable

Persuasive performances all round and good use of documentary footage shot at the Tuscon rodeo help but this is essentially a moderate B movie

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