THE NAKED SPUR (1953) C 91m dir: Anthony Mann

w/James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell

Solid adventure bolstered by a star cast. Beautifully filmed on location in the Rockies, this rugged and violent western follows a group of bounty hunters in pursuit of a killer with a price on his head. Anthony Mann directed some very good, quite revolutionary westerns in the 1950s. For more about his work, consult FilmFrog's recommendation for another of his westerns, THE MAN FROM LARAMIE.

From The Movie Guide: "NAKED SPUR is a superb, tautly directed western in which Mann's protagonists, once again, allow the desire for vengeance to consume their inherent qualities of honor and decency. The journey becomes a process of near-religious revelation that finally allows one of them to achieve a bitterly earned state of grace."

THE NAKED SPUR was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (Sam Rolfe, Harold Jack Bloom).