CastGig Young (Hob Danvers), Jean Hagen (Meg Hutchins), Polly Bergen (Ruth Danvers), Harry Morgan (Lew Hutchins (as Henry Morgan)), Barbara Lawrence (Sylvia Lorgan), Robert Horton (Jackie Roach) Release dateJune 24, 1953 (1953-06-24) WriterArthur M. Loew Jr. (story), Harold Jack Bloom Art directorsCedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye Similar moviesSouthpaw, Foxcatcher, Million Dollar Arm, Cars, Varsity Blues, Blades of Glory
TaglineFIRST FULL-LENGTH WESTERN in 3 DIMENSION!
Rodeo star Hob Danvers (Gig Young) faces trouble with his wife, Ruth (Polly Bergen), who cannot stand the constant touring that his profession requires. When Hob shows up to his latest contest, he is dating groupie Sylvia (Barbara Lawrence). Ruth arrives to inform him that she wants a divorce if they cannot come to an understanding. Meanwhile, Hobs friend Lew (Henry Morgan) tries to remind him of the fleeting nature of stardom, as Lew, once a top rider, may be forced to become rodeo clown.
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Left by his wife (Polly Bergen), a vain rodeo star (Gig Young) picks up a floozy (Jean Hagen) and rides a bad Brahman bull.
Hob Danvers comes to a Tucson, Arizona rodeo with Sylvia Lorgan in tow. Hob has been separated from wife Ruth for two years, and doesnt realize she intends to be at the rodeo.
He meets up with old friends Lew and Meg Hutchins and learns that Lew is here looking for work. He is shocked to find that Lews new job, after many years as a rodeo rider, is now as a clown.
Current rodeo star Jackie Roach turns up and makes a pass at Sylvia, who rejects him. Hob competes in bareback riding and so impresses Lews young son that Lew bribes a cowboy to change places and let him ride a bucking bronco. Lew is thrown and badly injures his leg.
Ruth scolds the others for encouraging Lew, saying everyone should face the hard truth that his rodeo career is done. Lew, angry now, enters the Brahma bull competition over Megs objections. Hob goes first and is thrown. Lew, attempting to distract the bull, cannot get away quickly enough due to his bad leg. He is fatally gored. Hob walks away, leaving Sylvia behind, but Ruth joins him on the way out.
Gig Young as Hob Danvers
Harry Morgan as Lew Hutchins
Polly Bergen as Ruth
Jean Hagen as Meg
Barbara Lawrence as Sylvia
Robert Horton as Jack Roach
According to MGM records the film earned $762,000 in the US and Canada and $260,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $444,000.