Director: John Sturges Cast: Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, William Campbell


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The breathtakingly beautiful Technicolor cinematography of Irving Glassberg is but one of the many small pleasures of the big-budget western Backlash. Set in post-Civil War Arizona, the film stars Richard Widmark as Jim Slater, who hopes to prove that his down-and-out father (John McIntire) was not involved in a gold robbery. To prove this, Slater has to find the money, which is also the goal of Karyl Orton (Donna Reed), the supposed widow of one of the thieves. Eventually, Slater discovers that his father is every bit as rotten as the law claims he is, though he can take some comfort in the fact that Karyl is now in love with him. As in his earlier Bad Day at Black Rock, Backlash director John Sturges is more concerned with building tension than with overt displays of wanton violence.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2014
UPC: 0025192181719
Original Release: 1956
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 26,079

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Jim Slater
Donna Reed Karyl Orton
William Campbell Johnny Cool
John McIntire Jim Bonniwell
Barton MacLane George Lake
Edward Platt Sheriff Marson
Robert J. Wilke Jeff Welker
Jack Lambert Benton
Roy Roberts Major Carson
Robert Foulk Sheriff Olson
Phil Chambers Dobbs
Gregg Barton Sleepy
Fred Graham Ned McCloud
Frank Chase Cassidy
Henry Morgan Tony Welker
Regis Parton Tom Welker

Technical Credits
John Sturges Director
Borden Chase Screenwriter
Irving Glassberg Cinematographer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Herman Stein Score Composer
Sherman Todd Editor

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