The Lone Hand

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

This modest Universal Western (from a story by Irving Ravetch) only really becomes interesting if regarded as a companion piece to Cameron Menzies' Invaders from Mars, made the same year. Here, too, the rather dazed-looking Jimmy Hunt sees his slice of idealised Americana (ranch, faithful dog, strong Pa, pretty step-Ma) turn sinister, even nightmarish, this time when he finds out that Pa (McCrea) is a member of the outlaw gang that's terrorising the county. Sherman is hardly the director to make the most of such a situation, and indeed the film chickens out at the end - Pa's an undercover Pinkerton. But as a little-known contribution to the '50s cinema of unease, it repays investigation.


Release details

80 mins

Cast and crew

George Sherman
Joseph Hoffman
Joel McCrea
Barbara Hale
Jimmy Hunt
Charles Drake
Alex Nicol
James Arness
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