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The Broken Star (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | April 1956 (USA)
When a deputy marshal murders a henchman, steals the racketeer money he is holding, and claims self defense, the head marshal orders an investigation to find the truth.



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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 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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In the Name of the Law He Murdered and Plundered! See more »


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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1.85 : 1
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Deputy Marshal Bill Gentry: Whaddya find?
W.C. 'Doc' Mott, Coroner: Oh, very interesting.
Deputy Marshal Bill Gentry: Speaking how - as undertaker or coroner.
W.C. 'Doc' Mott, Coroner: Both. As coroner, I'd say he was shot from high up, like Deputy Smeed was on horseback or Carlos was crouched when he came a-shootin'.
Deputy Marshal Bill Gentry: And as undertaker?
W.C. 'Doc' Mott, Coroner: Ah, he'll look fine! Great subject - fine features. A little palmaid on the hair, a little color on the cheeks - Carlos Alvarado will be a picture.
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Lyrics by John C. Higgins
Music by Paul Dunlap
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precise, "no frills", entertaining western

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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