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Montana Belle (1952)

Passed  |   |  Western  |  2 February 1953 (Sweden)
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In a fictionalized biography, Oklahoma outlaw Belle Starr meets the Dalton gang when rescued from lynching by Bob Dalton, who falls for her. So do gang member Mac and wealthy saloon owner ... See full summary »

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George Brent ...
Tom Bradfield
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Mac
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Pete Bivins
Jack Lambert ...
Ringo
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Matt Towner
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Emmett Dalton
Rory Mallinson ...
Mike Ragan ...
Ben Dalton (as Holly Bane)
Roy Barcroft ...
Jim Clark
Ned Davenport ...
Bank Clerk
Dick Elliott ...
Jeptha Rideout - Banker
Gene Roth ...
Marshal Ripple (as Eugene Roth)
Stanley Andrews ...
Marshal Combs
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In a fictionalized biography, Oklahoma outlaw Belle Starr meets the Dalton gang when rescued from lynching by Bob Dalton, who falls for her. So do gang member Mac and wealthy saloon owner Tom Bradfield, who's enlisted in a bankers' scheme to trap the Daltons. Dissension among the gang and Bradfield's ambivalence complicate the plot, as Belle demonstrates her prowess with shootin' irons, horses, and as a surprisingly racy saloon entertainer. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Warm Lips...Hot Lead! See more »

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2 February 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Die Schönste von Montana  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Trucolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Shot between late October and late November 1948, this film was intended to be issued by Republic. In April 1949, Howard Welsch, who had produced the movie for his company, Fidelity Pictures, sold the negative to RKO for $875,000, about $225,000 above the picture's cost. Finally, this Western obtained a Manhattan debut at the Palace Theatre on November 7, 1952. See more »

Quotes

[after he and a Dalton brother are cornered during a gunfight]
Mac: Let's walk out of this town.
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Version of Belle Starr (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon
(1892) (uncredited)
Written by James Thornton
Sung by Jane Russell and Barbershop Quartet
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Belle Starr according to Hollywood.
9 November 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews



Jane Russell plays a (very) fictionalized Belle Starr. (Going off contemporary photographs the real Belle Starr looked closer to Ernest Borgnine), also Jane gets away with being disguised as a man during a holdup!! You can see we are not talking reality here.

Originally filmed in color, most prints now available are black and white. Jane does a couple of not bad (and rather racy) musical numbers that are a little out of place and appeared to have filmed at a different time. It seems as though cuts may have been as the plot gets a little muddled sometimes and now and again we get the impression we are entering scenes in progress.

After completion this movie was held up for a few years before distribution, which is usually a bad sign. In this case though it seems no worse than many of the second string westerns produced in the forties.

Okay with popcorn and if you're in the right mood.


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