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Arena (1953 film)

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Director  Richard Fleischer
Genres  Western, Drama, Sports
Country  United States
5.1/10 IMDb

Language  English
Arena (1953 film) movie poster
Cast  Gig 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 date  June 24, 1953 (1953-06-24)
Writer  Arthur M. Loew Jr. (story), Harold Jack Bloom
Art directors  Cedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye
Similar movies  Southpaw, Foxcatcher, Million Dollar Arm, Cars, Varsity Blues, Blades of Glory

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.


Arena is a 1953 3-D film directed by Richard Fleischer.

Arena (1953 film) movie scenes Lankatser Burt and Deborah Kerr in one of the most legendary embraces in the scene of the film in 1953 Cult scene filmed on the beach in Hawaii

Left by his wife (Polly Bergen), a vain rodeo star (Gig Young) picks up a floozy (Jean Hagen) and rides a bad Brahman bull.


Arena (1953 film) movie scenes  You urgently need to kiss said Clark Gable in the role of Reta Buttler Vivien Leigh as Scarlett in the film in 1939

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
  • Reception

    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.


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