The Violent Men

The Violent Men

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rudolph Maté
Produced by Lewis J. Rachmil
Written by Harry Kleiner
Based on Smoky Valley
1954 novel
by Donald Hamilton
Starring Glenn Ford
Barbara Stanwyck
Edward G. Robinson
Dianne Foster
Brian Keith
May Wynn
Warner Anderson
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography W. Howard Greene
Burnett Guffey
Edited by Jerome Thoms
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • January 26, 1955 (1955-01-26)
Running time
96 mins
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,950,000 (US)[1]

The Violent Men is a 1955 Technicolor CinemaScope Western film drama directed by Rudolph Maté, based on the novel Smoky Valley by Donald Hamilton, and starring Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. The storyline involves a bickering married couple at odds with cattlemen in their small town. The supporting cast features Brian Keith and Dianne Foster.


Parrish (Glenn Ford), a Union Army ex-officer, plans to sell his land to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, Caroline (May Wynn), but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner, Lew Wilkison (Edward G. Robinson), and the outfit's bully-boy tactics make him think again. When one of Parrish's hands is murdered, he decides to stay and fight, utilizing his war experience.

Not all is well at Anchor with the owner's wife, Martha (Barbara Stanwyck), carrying on with his brother, Cole (Brian Keith), who also has a Mexican moll in town. Parrish eventually gets the upper hand, and when the Wilkisons' daughter, Judith (Dianne Foster), comes to understand what her family is like and what Parrish has been up against, she realizes they can join forces as peaceful neighbors and perhaps more.


See also


The song 'Violent men'[2]from the 2012 Lazarus & The Plane Crash album Horseplay is based on the film.


  1. 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956

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