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Montana Belle (1952)

Passed | | Western | 11 November 1952 (USA)
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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Belle Starr
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Tom Bradfield
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Bob Dalton
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Mac
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Pete Bivins
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Ringo
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Matt Towner
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Emmett Dalton
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Grat Dalton
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Ben Dalton (as Holly Bane)
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Jim Clark
Ned Davenport ...
Bank Clerk
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Jeptha Rideout - Banker
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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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Die Schönste von Montana  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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 »

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[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 »

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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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It's Belle S. vs. those dirty Daltons!
24 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Here's an odd one: sexy Jane Russell as western sharp-shooter Belle Starr, here competing with rivals The Dalton Gang. Movie opens with fruity bravado, but don't expect a camp-fest. Things gets surprisingly serious in the film's second-half, leading to a curiously downbeat conclusion. Very strange, and not particularly successful. Worth a look for the curio value alone. Supporting players George Brent and Forrest Tucker take turns getting out of Jane's way; Russell poses, pouts and scowls as Belle, her high-point coming in a crowded saloon where she warbles "The Gilded Lily".

** from ****


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