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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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Complete credited cast:
Tom Bradfield
Pete Bivins
Matt Towner
Emmett Dalton
Mike Ragan ...
Ben Dalton (as Holly Bane)
Jim Clark
Ned Davenport ...
Bank Clerk
Dick Elliott ...
Jeptha Rideout - Banker
Gene Roth ...
Marshal Ripple (as Eugene Roth)
Marshal Combs


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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Release Date:

19 January 1953 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Schönste von Montana  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

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 »


[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 »


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 (las vegas, nv) – 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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