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Montana Belle (1952)

Passed | | Western | 19 January 1953 (UK)
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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Tom Bradfield
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Pete Bivins
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Ringo
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Matt Towner
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Emmett Dalton
Rory Mallinson ...
Mike Ragan ...
Ben Dalton (as Holly Bane)
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Jim Clark
Ned Davenport ...
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Jeptha Rideout - Banker
Gene Roth ...
Marshal Ripple (as Eugene Roth)
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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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That OUTLAW woman is back again! See more »

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19 January 1953 (UK)  »

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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Trivia

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 »

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[after the Marshal and his deputy were placed in a jail cell by bandits]
Marshal Ripple: Some deputy you are, sitting there reading the newspaper. You're under arrest!
[Marshal rips off the deputy's badge]
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Connections

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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The bad guys vs. the bad guys
21 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies where the actors all seem to have known it was not gonna turn out well while making it. The downside of an excellent cast of veteran actors is that you have seen them in other movies wherein they have been great, so you tend to compare those performances with the flat performances in "Montana Belle" and find this film doubly disappointing.

Much of the action consists of actors riding fast on horses in long scenery shots, but all they are doing is just riding horses, not really doing anything. On the plus side, Jane Russell does some musical numbers displaying real talent and allure, and in these numbers her work is impressive.

Overall, as I watched it I was thinking "wake me up when either (1)the actors and director wake up, or (2)when its over". The only reason I can think of to explain the poor results in this movie is that maybe it was extensively and badly re-edited, making it choppy and slightly disjointed at times. The overall structure of bad guys fighting another group of bad guys, and almost everybody is mean, seems to be a structure that leads to a lack of plot tension in this case.

So I wouldn't recommend "Montana Belle".


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