The Lusty Men

Synopsis: When he sustains a rodeo injury, star rider Jeff McCloud returns to his hometown after many years of absence. He signs on as a hired hand with a local ranch, where he befriends fellow ranch hand Wes and his wife Louise. Wes has big dreams of owning his own little farm, and rodeo winnings could help finance it. Wes convinces Jeff to coach him in the rodeo ways, but Louise has her doubts. She doesn't want her man to end up a broken down rodeo bum like Jeff McCloud. Despite Louise's concern, the threesome hit the road in their Woody, chucking a secure present for an unknown future. Will they find success or sorrow? This picture features plenty of rodeo action and thrills.
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Production: RKO Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

That's wrong. Fellas like you and me'd

get a lot more help

if those books was written by failures.

That would make sense.

That cowhand from

the jackhammer ranch,

him and his wife play games.

Is that bad?

Reckon today they'll

want to remodel this kitchen.

About the only thing

around here they ain't fixed over.

In their mind's eye, of course.

Do it regular every Sunday...

Come prowling around

with calf eyes,


how much they'd like to buy the place.

You don't need

no urging to sell, do you?

Moon talk.

Where's a ranch hand

going to get $5,000?

Well, I'll be getting on.

Figure to make

abilene by sundown.

Set still.

Sometimes they're right amusing.

No. I better

hit the road.

Kind of disappointing, I guess.

Man coming back

to his home place,

find it like this.

Kind of like

visiting a graveyard.

Yeah, something like that.

Well, good luck.

I hope we didn't

interrupt nothing.

Fella was born here.

Wanted to see

how the place looked after 20-odd years.

Scared us. Thought

maybe he was a buyer.


Them McClouds

is the most shiftless family

ever hit these parts.

He couldn't buy nothing.


That's who that is!

Jeff McCloud!

You know him?

Leave him alone, Wes.

He's the world

saddle bronc champ,

the first man ever

to ride zombie.

I was at the Cheyenne rodeo

the year you won

the all-around.

How big is this ranch

you ride for?

Oh, big enough.

That's the year you

rode zombie, right?

Think they can use another hand?

I'm sure rig will take you on.

I wouldn't get my hopes up

too high, Mr. McCloud.

Why not?

Lots of foremen

on the big spreads

won't give rodeo cowboys jobs.

Figures they're

all saddle tramps.

Don't they have

rodeos around here?

I ride

in one every year at the county fair.

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Horace McCoy

Horace McCoy (April 14, 1897 – December 15, 1955) was an American writer whose hardboiled novels took place during the Great Depression. His best-known novel is They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1935), which was made into a movie of the same name in 1969, fourteen years after McCoy's death. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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