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 ... See full summary »
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
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Had a premier at Graumans Chinese Theater in Hollywood. A huge sign was erected which extended over the forecourt proclaiming "CINEMASCOPE - TRACY-WIDMARK - BROKEN LANCE" in huge letters. See more »
Senora Devereaux's dress changes colour in different shots as she stands at the gate talking to Matt Devereaux. See more »
I now ask you, sir, do you remember the names Charlie Monger, Red Dog Johnson or Carlos Rameriez?
The incident may be too trivial to recall. But isn't it true that you summarily hanged three of these men on the afternoon of June 4th?
They were stealing my cattle!
I thought you didn't remember them.
I didn't ask their names!
You just hanged 'em?
By the neck until they were dead. They were thieves!
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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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