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Broken Lance (1954)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  25 September 1954 (USA)
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The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona.

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Cast

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Matt Devereaux
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Joe Devereaux
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Barbara
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Ben Devereaux
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Señora Devereaux
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Mike Devereaux
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Two Moons
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Denny Devereaux
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Horace - The Governor
Carl Benton Reid ...
Clem Lawton
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Van Cleve
Robert Burton ...
Mac Andrews
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Storyline

Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in prison. Matt dies from a stroke partly caused by his rebellious sons and when Joe gets out he plans revenge. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Fury of the West's Most Lawless Feud!

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25 September 1954 (USA)  »

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Arizona  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The second of three movies written by screenwriter Philip Yordan, based on the novel, "I'll Never Go Home Again," by Jerome Weidman. The other two were House of Strangers (1949), with Edward G. Robinson, and The Big Show (1961) with Esther Williams and Cliff Robertson. See more »

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When Barbara visits Joe in prison, he angrily leaves her and when he grabs the iron bar cell door, it visibly shakes and wobbles. No iron bar door in prison is constructed shabbily enough to do that. See more »

Quotes

Mike Devereaux: He'll cool down... and when he does he'll make the deal. He's too smart not to. Ain't that right, Ben?
Ben Devereaux: I don't know. But anybody that throws $10,000 in a spittoon makes me nervous.
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Forgettable Story But Tracy, Widmark Shine
11 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a little bit different of a western in that a significant segment of the film deals with a trial. Spencer Tracy is excellent as always, this time playing a rough patriarch, head of the "Devereaux" family. In fact, he's the main attraction of the movie despite a bunch of well- known actors and actresses in here.

Of the rest of that crew - Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark, Katy Jurado, Hugh O'Brien, Earl Holliman, Eduard Frans and E.G. Marshall - only Widmark plays a memorable character.

If the story was a memorable as the cast this would have been super. As it was, it was pretty forgettable, and I am a big fan of westerns. Irs disappointing.


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