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Silver Lode (1954)

Approved | | Western | 23 July 1954 (USA)
In Silver Lode, Dan Ballard is arrested by 4 Marshals for murder and theft but he denies the charges and searches for the real culprit even as the townsfolk start abandoning him.

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Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Fred McCarty, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000. Ballard seeks to stall McCarty while tracking down evidence that will prove his innocence: but the townspeople's loyalty to him gradually begins to waver under McCarty's accusations. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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WHILE THE MOB WAITS...they match bullet for bullet...life for life! (original one-sheet poster) See more »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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John Payne is seen throughout the film wearing black cowboy boots, but when his stunt double leaps aboard a wagon, the double is seen to wear low shoes with white socks. See more »

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A Solid Studio Western with An Expert Cinematographer and Dan Duryea
8 March 2013 | by (Paradise, California) – See all my reviews

In this vintage Technicolor western, a decent man relatively new to the town is accused of murder on his wedding day, the accusation leveled by a more than slightly shifty out-of-town U.S. Marshal; conflict and gunfighting ensues, involving almost everyone in town. A critic for Time Out calls this trim little Western an "unqualified masterpiece," but, even with allegorical overtones, the film fails to move much farther than the average Western of the period; compare, for instance, with those made by James Stewart and Director Anthony Mann. Silver Lode is indeed a good shoot-em-up with those allegorical overtones (the fake marshal is named McCarty and this was made in the paranoid 1950's), but John Payne looks tired, maybe even hungover most of the time, strange noir heroine Lisabeth Scott is dreadfully miscast, and only perfectly seedy Dan Duryea seems appropriately enthusiastic about his nasty task. It's not a bad afternoon in Dodge, but it's no High Noon or close to it.


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