Best Western Movies of 1955


Bad Day at Black Rock


A stranger visits a tiny Western town that is determined to keep a horrible secret.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1955-01-07



This joyous celebration of frontier life combines tender romance and violent passion in the Oklahoma Territory of the 1900's, with a timeless score filled with unforgettable songs. Rodgers and Hammerstein's hit Broadway musical.

Starring: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Shirley Jones
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1955-10-10

The Man from Laramie


Will Lockhart becomes entangled in the happenings of Coronado, an isolated western town, after delivering supplies there. He is especially involved with the Waggomans, an influential ranching family, and begins his search for someone selling rifles to the local Apaches, only to find out it is the son of the most powerful man in the area. It is at this point that his troubles begin.

Starring: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell, Alex Nicol
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1955-08-31

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier


Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davy Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russel fight in the Creek Indian War. Then Crockett is elected to Congress and brings his rough-hewn ways to the House of Representatives. Finally, Crockett and Russell journey to Texas and the last stand at the Alamo.

Starring: Fess Parker, Hans Conried, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael, William Bakewell
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1955-05-25

Man Without a Star


Man Without a Star is a 1955 western film starring Kirk Douglas as a wanderer who gets dragged into a range war. It was based on the novel of the same name by Dee Linford.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor, William Campbell, Richard Boone
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1955-03-24

Run for Cover

Run for Cover
Western that starts when a man (Matt Dow) is mistaken as a train robber. After the town's sheriff shoots the kid he's riding with, Dow clears his name and ends up as the new sheriff. He romances a Swedish woman and settles in to a peaceful life only to find that the boy has a few secrets of his own.
Starring: James Cagney, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek, Ernest Borgnine, Grant Withers
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1955-04-29

The Violent Men


A former Union Army officer plans to sell out to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancée, but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner and the outfit's bullying tactics make him reconsider. When one of his hands is murdered he decides to stay and fight, utilizing his war experience. Not all is well at Anchor with the owner's wife carrying on with his brother who also has a Mexican woman in town.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Dianne Foster, Brian Keith
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1955-01-26


Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town.
Starring: Joel McCrea, Vera Miles, Lloyd Bridges, Wallace Ford, Jack Elam
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1955-07-03

Man with the Gun


A stranger comes to town looking for his estranged wife. He finds her running the local girls. He also finds a town and sheriff afraid of their own shadow, scared of a landowner they never see who rules through his rowdy sidekicks. The stranger is a town tamer by trade, and he accepts a $500 commission to sort things out.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe, Henry Hull, Emile Meyer
Directed by: Richard Wilson
Release date: 1955-11-05

The Tall Men


Two brothers, Ben and Clint, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. While heading for Texas they save Nella from the Indians, and she decides to ride with them. Ben and Nella start to get romantic, but Ben isn't ambitious enough for her, and she soon meets up with the boss of the cattle drive. Will she make the right choice, and, more importantly, will the cattle make it to Montana !

Starring: Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell, Juan García
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1955-09-21

The Last Frontier

The Last Frontier
Three trappers become scouts for a cavalry captain (Guy Madison) who loses his fort to a hated colonel (Robert Preston).
Starring: Victor Mature, Guy Madison, Robert Preston, Anne Bancroft, James Whitmore
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1955-12-07

The Kentuckian

The Kentuckian
A frontiersman and his son fight to build a new home in Texas.
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dianne Foster, Diana Lynn, John McIntire, Una Merkel
Directed by: Burt Lancaster
Release date: 1955-08-01

The Indian Fighter


A scout leading a wagon train through hostile Indian country unwittingly gets involved with a Sioux chief's daughter

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Elsa Martinelli, Walter Matthau, Diana Douglas, Walter Abel
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1955-12-21

The Naked Dawn

The Naked Dawn
Santiago, a jolly modern bandito, has just lost his partner when he happens on the isolated farm of young Manuel and Maria Lopez...
Starring: Arthur Kennedy, Betta St. John, Eugene Iglesias, Charlita, Roy Engel
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1955-11-02

White Feather

White Feather
The story of the peace mission from the US cavalry to the Cheyenne Indians in Wyoming during the 1870s. The mission is threatened when a civilian surveyor befriends the chief's son and falls for the chief's daughter.
Starring: Robert Wagner, John Lund, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Eduard Franz
Directed by: Robert D. Webb
Release date: 1955-02-16

Many Rivers to Cross


Packaged and sold as an outdoor actioner, Many Rivers to Cross is as much a comedy as anything else. Robert Taylor stars as 18th century trapper Bushrod Gentry, who is himself entrapped into marriage by the spunky Mary Stuart Cherne (Eleanor Parker). Escaping his marital responsibilities (which were impressed upon him on threat of death), Gentry heads into the North Country, with Mary in hot pursuit. Hero and heroine spend the rest of the picture taking turns rescuing each other from hostile Indians. Some of the humor is predicated upon the wholesale slaughter of the "redskins", and as such is a bit hard to take when seen today. Supporting Taylor and Parker are Victor McLaglen as the heroine's burly father, and TV-stars-to be James Arness (Gunsmoke) and Russell Johnson and Alan Hale Jr. (Gilligan's Island).

Starring: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Victor McLaglen, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn
Directed by: Roy Rowland
Release date: 1955-02-04

Smoke Signal

Smoke Signal
Capt. Harper's cavalry patrol returns to the fort to find it besieged by Ute Indians. The apparent cause is the recapture of Army traitor Brett Halliday, who deserted to the Utes in a previous war; but Brett has a different story. With capture imminent, the only chance for the surviving men (and one woman) is to boat down a wild, uncharted river, where Harper and Halliday must pull together, like it or not.
Starring: Dana Andrews, Piper Laurie, Rex Reason, William Talman, Milburn Stone
Directed by: Jerry Hopper
Release date: 1955-03-01

Robbers' Roost

Robbers' Roost
Jim "Tex" Wall (George Montgomery), searching for the last of the three men who raped and killed his wife, joins a gang of cattle rustlers led by Hank Hays (Richard Boone). Both Hays' outlaws and a rival gang headed by Heesman (Peter Graves), have been hired as ranch hands by "Bull" Herrick (Bruce Bennett), a cripple who owns a large cattle ranch and wants to get his large herd to market. He theorizes that the two gangs will be kept busy watching each other and neither will rustle his cattle. Helen (Sylvia Findley) has little faith in her brother's contrived plan, and hates and distrusts both groups. She begins to soften toward Jim, but abruptly changes when she sees a reward poster which says he has killed two men.
Starring: George Montgomery, Richard Boone, Sylvia Findley, Bruce Bennett, Peter Graves
Directed by: Sidney Salkow
Release date: 1955-05-30

A Man Alone

A Man Alone
A gunfighter, stranded in the desert, comes across the aftermath of a stage robbery, in which all the passengers were killed. He takes one of the horses to ride to town to report the massacre, but finds himself accused of it. He also finds himself accused of the murder of the local banker, and winds up hiding in the basement of a house where the local sheriff, who is very sick, lives with his daughter.
Starring: Ray Milland, Mary Murphy, Ward Bond, Raymond Burr, Lee Van Cleef
Directed by: Ray Milland
Release date: 1955-10-17

A Lawless Street

A Lawless Street
A Marshal must face unpleasant facts about his past when he attempts to run a criminal gang out of town.
Starring: Randolph Scott, Angela Lansbury, Warner Anderson, Jean Parker, Wallace Ford
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1955-11-15

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