Men -- Psychology -- Drama, Men -- West (U.S.) -- Attitudes -- Drama, Rodeo performers -- Drama, Rodeos -- Social aspects -- United States -- Drama

The Lusty Men


Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, Susan Hayward, Arthur Hunnicutt,

The Lusty Men is less a "man's film" than a melancholy and moving critique of masculine values. Ray, in his observation of a complex triangle involving a former rodeo champion (Robert Mitchum), his cowboy protégé (Arthur Kennedy), and the cowboy's wife (Susan Hayward), casts two American prototypes—the itinerant outsider and the homesteader—against one another, with a third, the fifties housewife, caught in between. Typically, Ray finds the loneliness inherent in each position: in Mitchum's time-limited machismo, in Kennedy's go-for-broke ambition, and in Hayward's conflicting desires for passion and peace, both thwarted by the urgencies of a man's world.

Judy Bloch
  • Horace McCoy
  • David Dortort
Based On
  • A story by Claude Stanush

  • Lee Garmes
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 113 mins
  • Warner Bros.

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The cinema is Nicholas Ray (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2003

The lusty men (distributor materials), Kit Parker Films, Richard Hilton, 1979

The films of Nicholas Ray (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1973

The lusty men (review), Variety, Brog., 1952

The lusty men (distributor materials), Kit Parker Films

Lusty men, the (review), Monthly Film Bulletin

The lusty men (article), Look Magazine

For now #9 (article), For Now, Manny Farber

[Nicholas Ray films] (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group

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