Man in the Shadow (1957) is a CinemaScope crime film starring Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller, Ben Alexander, and John Larch. As the new sheriff in town, Ben Sadler (Jeff Chandler) believes in justice. Owner of the Golden Empire ranch, Virgil Renchler (Orson Welles) makes his own rules, in the western with bite and social significance. Plot The cow town of Spurline is effectively ruled by Virgil Renchler (Welles), owner of the Golden Empire ranch. One night, some of Renchler's hands beat a young laborer, Juan Martín, to death. The newly elected sheriff of Spurline, Ben Sadler (Chandler), decides to investigate the matter. During his investigation, he must contend with Renchler's henchmen and the fierce opposition of the townspeople, who fear Spurline would be ruined without the Golden Empire's business. Production The part of Virgil Renchler was originally going to be played by Robert Middleton but agents from the William Morris Agency suggested Orson Welles, who badly needed the money to pay back taxes. During the course of making the film, Welles rewrote sections of the script. He also formed a relationship with Albert Zugsmith who produced Welles' next movie as director, Touch of Evil (1958).[1] Director Jack Arnold says he had one incident with Orson Welles on Welles' first day of shooting but after that he was "wonderful" to work with and full of good ideas.[2]

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Man in the Shadow (1957)

Drama/Western/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 20m · 9/20/1957

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"I'M YOUR LAW...yet you tell me to forget about Violence and Murder!" (original print ad)

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Man in the Shadow (1957) is a CinemaScope crime film starring Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller, Ben Alexander, and John Larch. As the new sheriff in town, Ben Sadler (Jeff Chandler) believes in justice. Owner of the Golden Empire ranch, Virgil Renchler (Orson Welles) makes his own rules, in the western with bite and social significance. Plot The cow town of Spurline is effectively ruled by Virgil Renchler (Welles), owner of the Golden Empire ranch. One night, some of Renchler's hands beat a young laborer, Juan Martín, to death. The newly elected sheriff of Spurline, Ben Sadler (Chandler), decides to investigate the matter. During his investigation, he must contend with Renchler's henchmen and the fierce opposition of the townspeople, who fear Spurline would be ruined without the Golden Empire's business. Production The part of Virgil Renchler was originally going to be played by Robert Middleton but agents from the William Morris Agency suggested Orson Welles, who badly needed the money to pay back taxes. During the course of making the film, Welles rewrote sections of the script. He also formed a relationship with Albert Zugsmith who produced Welles' next movie as director, Touch of Evil (1958).[1] Director Jack Arnold says he had one incident with Orson Welles on Welles' first day of shooting but after that he was "wonderful" to work with and full of good ideas.[2]

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Universal International Pictures (UI)

Budget

$600,000
Cast
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Jeff Chandler

Ben Sadler
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Orson Welles

Virgil Renchler
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Colleen Miller

Skippy Renchler
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Ben Alexander

Ab Begley
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Barbara Lawrence

Helen Sadler
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John Larch

Ed Yates
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James Gleason

Hank James
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Royal Dano

Aiken Clay
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Paul Fix

Herb Parker
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Leo Gordon

Chet Huneker
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Martin Garralaga

Jesus Cisneros
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Mario Siletti

Tony Santoro
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Charles Horvath

Len Bookman
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William Schallert

Jim Shaney
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Joseph J. Greene

Harry Youngquist
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Forrest Lewis

Jake Kelley
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Harry Harvey

Dr. Creighton (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
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Joe Schneider

Juan Martin
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Mort Mills

Bill Edmunds
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Trevor Bardette

Bystander in Opening Scene (uncredited)
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Wag Blesing

Townsman (uncredited)
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Fred Carson

Townsman (uncredited)
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Paul Cristo

Townsman (uncredited)
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Clem Fuller

Townsman (uncredited)
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Fred Graham

Empire Ranch Guard (uncredited)
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Whitey Hughes

Townsman (uncredited)
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Fred McDougall

Townsman (uncredited)
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Ted Smile

Townsman (uncredited)
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Ray Spiker

Townsman (uncredited)
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John Truax

Mr. Jenkins (uncredited)
Crew
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Jack Arnold

Director
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Gene L. Coon

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Man in the Shadow

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

3/17/2020

Disc Title Front Cover

Man in the Shadow

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

9/1/2014

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