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Broken Lance (1954)

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

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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
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Clem Lawton
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Van Cleve
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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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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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(DeLuxe)|

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Chief Geronimo Kuthlee, grandson of the legendary Geronimo, appeared in the film in a small role. See more »

Goofs

Senora Devereaux's dress changes colour in different shots as she stands at the gate talking to Matt Devereaux. See more »

Quotes

Van Cleve: I now ask you, sir, do you remember the names Charlie Monger, Red Dog Johnson or Carlos Rameriez?
Matt Devereaux: No.
Van Cleve: 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?
Matt Devereaux: They were stealing my cattle!
Van Cleve: I thought you didn't remember them.
Matt Devereaux: I didn't ask their names!
Van Cleve: You just hanged 'em?
Matt Devereaux: By the neck until they were dead. They were thieves!
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Broken House
23 June 2006 | by (LI) – See all my reviews

Saw Broken Lance last nite on Encore Western. It's my second viewing. I really enjoyed Spencer Tracy and Kathy Jurado. Tracy is worth the price of admission and Jurado's sad eyes never fail to draw me in. To those who say it's a play on Joseph & his Brothers, I'm sorry I don't agree. Beyond the superficial similarities, Jacob's sons wouldn't have dreamed of disobeying him, let alone harming him the way the Deveraux boys (Widmark, Holliman, O'Brian) do.

The film has what I believe to be the best film courtroom sequences ever, i.e. the cross-examination of Matt Deveraux.

Definitely worth seeing.


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