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Branded -- A drifter fakes a telltale birthmark in a scheme to bilk a rancher by posing as his long-lost son.


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Release Date:
November 1950 (USA) See more »
LADD as you like him in an Action-Packed Adventure!
A gunfighter takes part in a scheme to bilk a wealthy cattle family out of half a million dollars by pretending to be their son, who was kidnapped as child. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Ladd ... Choya

Mona Freeman ... Ruth Lavery

Charles Bickford ... Mr. Lavery

Robert Keith ... T. Jefferson Leffingwell

Joseph Calleia ... Rubriz

Peter Hansen ... Tonio
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Lavery
Tom Tully ... Ransom
John Berkes ... Tattoo

Milburn Stone ... Dawson

Martin Garralaga ... Hernandez
Edward Clark ... Dad Travis
John Butler ... Spig
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Andre ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Roberto (uncredited)
Dick Botiller ... (uncredited)
Carlos Conde ... (uncredited)
James Cornell ... (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Rubriz Man (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Link (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... (uncredited)
Ralph Gomez ... (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Man (uncredited)
Jerry James ... (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Hank (uncredited)
Pat Lane ... Jake (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Andy (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Burly Man (uncredited)
Julia Montoya ... Joe's Wife (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Tully (uncredited)
Pepito Pérez ... (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... (uncredited)

Olan Soule ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... (uncredited)
Tony Urchel ... Rubriz Man (uncredited)
Natividad Vacío ... Peon (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Rubriz Man (uncredited)
Guy Zanette ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Rudolph Maté 
Writing credits
Sydney Boehm (screenplay) and
Cyril Hume (screenplay)

Max Brand (novel "Montana Rides") (as Evan Evans)

Frederick Hazlitt Brennan  contract writer (uncredited)
Winston Miller  contract writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Mel Epstein .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles B. Lang Jr.)
W. Wallace Kelley (director of photography) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie (uncredited)
Casting by
Bert McKay (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Glen Alden .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Woods .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John R. Coonan .... assistant production manager
Hugh Brown .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Andrew J. Durkus .... assistant production manager: second unit (uncredited)
Richard Johnston .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Coleman .... assistant director (as William H. Coleman)
Harry Caplan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman .... second unit director (uncredited)
Oscar Rudolph .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Edward Salven .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Camp .... props (uncredited)
A. Earl Hedrick .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Robert McCrellis .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Ray Cossar .... sound (uncredited)
Ray Cossar .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Jim Miller .... sound (uncredited)
Herb Tice .... cableman (uncredited)
Carl Andre .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee .... stunts (uncredited)
Pat Lane .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Willard W. Willingham .... double: Alan Ladd (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... second camera (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
Pat Drew .... gaffer (uncredited)
Don English .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Hawley .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Walter McLeod .... grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Meade .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Bob Rogers .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fitzharris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Sam Levine .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Monroe W. Burbank .... color consultant: Technicolor
Doane Harrison .... editorial supervisor
Gladys Carley .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Claire Behnke .... script clerk: second unit (uncredited)
Bill Cunningham .... publicist (uncredited)
Phil Eastman .... assistant: Technicolor (uncredited)
John Hamilton .... technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan .... script clerk (uncredited)
Bill Hurley .... livestock supervisor (uncredited)
Ernesto A. Romero .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Tommy Summers .... stand-in: Alan Ladd (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
James Vincent .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
104 min | West Germany:95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1951) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 28, 1952 with Mona Freeman reprising her film role.See more »
[indicating Choya's guns]
Ruth Lavery:You don't need to wear them around here.
Choya:I wouldn't feel dressed without them.
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Featured in Hustle (1975)See more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A very good western, 30 April 2006
Author: sirjasonwright from United Kingdom

A fine western that was better than I expected It to be.Alan Ladd, although sometimes wooden puts In a good performance here. The cinematography and the colour process of this movie are outstanding. This western has a few good plot twists to make It stand out.The location scenery Is stunning too. Alan Ladd has something of a mystery persona here not unlike his role In Shane. The colours In this movie are very vivid and lifelike not at all garish as I thought they might be. This western has good support acting too, Charles Bickford plays his part with ruthless relish ala Big country. Robert Keith Is a shady slime ball who's demise In the film Is very fitting. This Is an out and out satisfying western and one I can thoroughly recommend.

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