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The Broken Star (1956)

 |  Romance, Western  |  April 1956 (USA)
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A deputy marshal is ordered to investigate the killing of a Mexican ranch hand by a fellow deputy, who claims self-defense. Using turn of the century forensic science and dogged ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Deputy Marshal Frank Smeed
Lita Baron ...
Conchita Alvarado
Bill Williams ...
Deputy Marshal Bill Gentry
Hiram Charleton
Henry Calvin ...
Thornton Wills
Addison Richards ...
Marshal Wayne Forrester
Joel Ashley ...
John Pickard ...
Van Horn
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Doc Mott (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Joe Dominguez ...


A deputy marshal is ordered to investigate the killing of a Mexican ranch hand by a fellow deputy, who claims self-defense. Using turn of the century forensic science and dogged determination, the deputy breaks down his partner's alibi and discovers that the lawman had killed the rancher for eight thousand dollars in gold that had been hidden in the Mexican's home. Now he must arrest his friend before the Mexican's gunslinging friends can kill him before he's tried for the crime. Written by David Bassler

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BEHIND HIS BADGE WAS THE HEART OF AN OUTLAW KILLER! (original print ad - all caps)


Romance | Western





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April 1956 (USA)  »

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Gegen das Gesetz  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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W.C. 'Doc' Mott, Coroner: I never carry a gun myself. Just a couple of cigars - settles any argument.
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I Hate You
Lyrics by John C. Higgins
Music by Paul Dunlap
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precise, "no frills", entertaining western
7 July 2013 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Lesley Selander knew how to make a precise, no frills, western. Here, there is something different from the "run of the mill" b movie, the main character is the bad guy, Frank Smead (Howard Duff), the Deputy Marshal. He kills a man to get 8000 dollars,and tries to come out with a good story , pleading self-defense. Contrary to most westerns of this type, (where the hero is an outlaw) the spectator's sympathies do not go to Smead, but to whoever is going to uncover his malignant plot. There is Nachez (Joe Dominguez), a witness, who can not tell what he saw because he does not speak English, Conchita the sexy girl who sings "I hate you" ,with a whip, in the "cantina", played by Lita Baron (was married to Rory Calhoun). There is also the big shot, W.C. 'Doc' Mott, Coroner, (William 'Bill' Phillips) who threatens Smead while orienting a square dance. Besides having an unusual plot, there are good action scenes, which make this an entertaining western.

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