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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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Cast

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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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Adventure | Western

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25 September 1954 (USA)  »

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Arizona  »

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Budget:

$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

Richard Widmark and Earl Holliman play brothers here. They would again appear as siblings 5 years later in The Trap (1959). See more »

Goofs

When Ben pulls the "dead" Matt from his horse, Matt bends his right knee and swings his right foot to clear the cantle. 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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