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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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Matt Towner
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Emmett Dalton
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Ben Dalton (as Holly Bane)
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Jim Clark
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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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BEAUTIFUL and NOTORIOUS!...and born to make trouble -- for men! See more »

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Die Schönste von Montana  »

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Ann Sheridan and Brian Donlevy had been considered for the leads. 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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Version of Belle Starr (1941) See more »

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The Gilded Lily
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Written by Portia Nelson and Margaret Martinez
Sung by Jane Russell
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Daltons and Belle Starr divide and combine to rob a bank
6 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Montana Belle" (1952) sports a 5.7 rating on IMDb, and that's about right, in my opinion. It means it's regarded as almost average or slightly below average. In turn, this means it's a watchable movie, with some merits and demerits. As a movie fan who wants to be entertained sometimes and not think too much, an average movie can sometimes fill the bill, sometimes not. This depends on what entertains you.

Allan Dwan fans will appreciate this movie because it contains many of his signature elements. These are adapted to the lower RKO budget and the simplicity of technology in those western days. The web site of Mike Grost goes into Dwan's favorite staging elements in great detail. Jane Russell stars and sings a few songs. She's feisty and takes over the running of the gang. Just remember this is made-up stuff. Scott Brady is one of the Daltons as is Ray Teal. George Brent is in his downhill phase of acting and has lost his earlier looks besides putting on weight. Jack Lambert's an Indian, and he brings some pizazz to the role. The story has misunderstandings, divisions, doublecrosses and a beautifully staged bank robbery finale. On the negative side, it's not that good and lacks in narrative drive, as Grost observes. Some of the sets are done on a sound stage, and they don't mesh with external locations. Andy Devine does some of his schtick moderately and has an element of deviousness. Forest Tucker is very good, but the writing of his part is not that good. Like others, his character seems to bluster and then back down.

I don't think it's a turkey. It's certainly not a classic. It comes out being just another western, with a few good things here and there.


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