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Tribute to a Badman Details


The catch-all title Tribute to a Bad Man had been floating around MGM for years (at one point, it was the working title for ) before it was finally affixed to this big-budget western. Originally intended as a vehicle for Spencer Tracy, the film was recast with James Cagney when Tracy walked out of his MGM contract. Cagney stars as no-nonsense land baron Jeremy Rodock, who plays by his own rules, his own sense of justice and his own code of honor. Young cowhand Steve Miller (Don Dubbins) learns the hard way what it means to incur Rodock's wrath when he falls in love with Jocasta Constantine (Irene Papas), whom Rodock considers his own personal property. Through the example of the even-tempered Miller, however, Rodock rediscovers his own essential humanity. The film's "money scene" takes place when Rodock punishes a group of scraggly horse thieves by forcing them to march barefoot through the sagebrush. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


James Cagney
as Jeremy Rodock
Don Dubbins
as Steve Miller
Irene Papas
as Jocasta Constantine
Vic Morrow
as Lars Peterson
Lee Van Cleef
as Fat Jones
James Griffith
as Barjak
Onslow Stevens
as Hearn
James Bell
as L.A. Peterson
Jeanette Nolan
as Mrs. L.A. Peterson
Chubby Johnson
as Baldy
Royal Dano
as Abe
Peter Chong
as Cooky
Billy Dix
as Cowboy
John Halloran
as Cowboy
Roy Engel
as Second buyer
Clint Sharp
as Red
Tom London
as Cowboy
Buddy Roosevelt
as Cowboy
Dennis Moore
as Cowboy
James McCallion
as Shorty
Bud Osborne
as Cowboy
Carl Pitti
as Tom


Robert Wise
Sam Zimbalist
Michael Blankfort
Robert Surtees
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Winters
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Jack Schaefer
Short Story Author
William J. Tuttle