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Tribute to a Bad Man (30-Mar-1956)

Director: Robert Wise

Writer: Michael Blankfort

From short story by: Jack Schaefer

Music by: Miklos Rozsa

Producer: Sam Zimbalist

Keywords: Western

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Cagney
17-Jul-1899 30-Mar-1986 New York tough guy
Royal Dano
16-Nov-1922 15-May-1994 The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
Don Dubbins
28-Jun-1928 17-Aug-1991 The D.I.
Stephen McNally
29-Jul-1913 4-Jun-1994 Winchester '73
Vic Morrow
14-Feb-1929 23-Jul-1982 Sgt. Chip Saunders on Combat
Jeanette Nolan
30-Dec-1911 5-Jun-1998 Annette Deveraux on Hotel de Paree
Irene Papas
3-Sep-1926   The Trojan Women
Lee Van Cleef
9-Jan-1925 16-Dec-1989 The Good, The Bad and the Ugly


James Cagney   ...   Jeremy Rodock
Don Dubbins   ...   Steve Miller
Stephen McNally   ...   McNulty
Vic Morrow   ...   Lars Peterson
And Introducing
Irene Papas   ...   Jocasta Constantine
James Griffith   ...   Barjak
Onslow Stevens   ...   Hearn
James Bell   ...   L. A. Peterson
Jeanette Nolan   ...   Mrs. L. A. Peterson
Chubby Johnson   ...   Baldy
Royal Dano   ...   Abe
Lee Van Cleef   ...   Fat Jones
Peter Chong   ...   Cooky


Review by Gary Mayer (posted on 10-Sep-2007)

This is a stunning western that had not previously come to my attention. Studio execs made a 'wise' (no pun intended) move in axing Spencer Tracy. Cagney was excellent and much better suited for a western. I think Tracy would have had difficulty warming up to the 'kid' from Pennsylvania (look how long it took him to accept Sidney Poitier's character in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'); and, Grace Kelly was no match for Irene Pappas. How could Grace have played an ex-dance hall girl convincingly? How could Grace Kelly even have accepted the role, having to portray a platonic live-in akin to a maid? Did the entire cast, along with the producer/director, wait six weeks for Tracy to show up on the set? I'm glad Cagney was humble enough to accept the role as a second choice; but, it re-assured me that Tracy was an aloof stuffed shirt, just like his lover, Katherine H. It appears that they thought they owned Hollywood, but Robert was (w)Wise enough to pull the strings. Gary Mayer Oshkosh, WI

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