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Silver Lode (1954)

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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 Ned McCarthy, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard ... See full summary »

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Dan Ballard
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Rose Evans
Dan Duryea ...
Ned McCarty
Dolores Moran ...
Dolly
Emile Meyer ...
Sheriff Wooley
Robert Warwick ...
Judge Cranston
John Hudson ...
Michael 'Mitch' Evans
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Johnson
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Kirk
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Wicker
Frank Sully ...
Paul Herbert, Telegrapher
Morris Ankrum ...
Zachary Evans
Hugh Sanders ...
Reverend Field
Florence Auer ...
Mrs. Elmwood
Roy Gordon ...
Dr. Elmwood
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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 Ned McCarthy, 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 McCarthy while tracking down evidence that will prove his innocence: but the townspeople's loyalty to him gradually begins to waver under McCarthy's accusations. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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WHEN THEY GRIP THEIR GUNS...YOU'LL GRIP YOUR SEAT! Revenge erupts into a frantic man-hunt...in this compelling picture of the Pioneer West! (original ad sheet) See more »

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Film-Noir | Western

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23 July 1954 (USA)  »

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Stadt der Verdammten  »

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During the McCarthyism, political messages are usually cloaked in metaphors: for example, the name of the villain is Ned McCarty. See more »

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When Ballard hides near a haystack outside the Evans house, his shadow and the shadows of his pursuers fall on to the painted backdrop, revealing it as canvas and not a real landscape. See more »

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John Payne, accused of murder and robbery, finds the whole town turned against him and pursuing him around town
27 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dan Duryea, with badge and warrant, comes to Silver Lode on John Payne's wedding day. His marriage to fetching and loyal Lizabeth Scott, who never looked better, is rudely interrupted by vengeful Duryea who doesn't act like a lawman. At first the townspeople are supportive of Payne but as events snowball they end up pursuing him all over the place.

This is a fast-moving, athletic, exciting western with overtones of High Noon. Cinematographer John Alton has some wonderful shots. Director Allan Dwan packs lots of action into its 77 minutes.

Dolores Moran, the helpful saloon girl, has plenty of punchy lines and delivers them with panache.

Folks, they don't make them like this anymore, and they never will again. You can create new works of art, but you cannot possibly bring together the kinds of acting, writing, directing and all the rest that go into a movie like this. The supporting cast, for example, includes Morris Ankrum, Stuart Whitmore, Emile Meyer, suave Edgar Barrier, Harry Carey, Jr., and Robert Warwick.


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