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The Badge of Marshal Brennan (1957)

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Jim Davis is a man on the run. He comes across the body of a dead man wearing the badge of a marshal. He buries the body and takes the badge and rides on. At the next town, he is mistaken ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Arleen Whelan ...
Carl Smith ...
Sheriff Carl Smith
Harry Lauter ...
Doc Hale
Marty Robbins ...
Marshal Matt Brennan (as Doug Fowley)
Shad Donaphin
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Col. Donaphin
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Eddie Crandall ...
Pepe Joe
Darryl Guy ...
Deputy Jody (as Ric Vallon)
Edward Colmans ...
Governor Ainley (as Edward Colemans)


Jim Davis is a man on the run. He comes across the body of a dead man wearing the badge of a marshal. He buries the body and takes the badge and rides on. At the next town, he is mistaken for the dead man, a legendary marshal named Brennan. The town sent for Marshal Brennan because they were facing a crisis that includes among other things an epidemic. The Stranger decides to stay as a way of hiding from the men chasing him. What he does not realize is that when he takes on the Badge of Marshal Brennan, he takes on the responsibilities of Marshal Brennan. Written by carflo

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14 April 1957 (USA)  »

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Story of a Star  »

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Edited to 29 minutes and retitled Story of a Star as unsold pilot for a proposed Western Anthology television series. See more »


Near the end of the picture, as the good guys make their way back in to town following the clash with the Doniphan's, they're shown heading to Murdock's café, standing alone almost at the edge of the river. However all throughout the picture, Murdock's was right in the middle of town. See more »


[first lines]
Sheriff leading posse: Let him go. Even with a price on his head, he isn't worth chasing into Apache land.
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Man on the Run
Written by Ramey Idriss, Hal Levy and Albert C. Gannaway
Performed by Carl Smith and Ramey Idriss
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A "B" western with a bit of a plot
29 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jim Davis, later of DALLAS fame, is a gunslinger in this hokey back yard western who assumes the identity of a recently deceased federal marshall when he runs into a town being run by bad guys. He quickly straightens things out and proceeds to move on, but things keep happening to keep him in town. There actually is a plot: the only rancher of any consequence in the area has badly infected cattle, and will kill anyone who tries to interfere. The town doctor stands up to the rancher and Davis and the local sheriff back up the doctor. A young Lee Van Cleef is the ranch owner's sadistic son. The action is intermittent at best and poorly staged, the soundtrack would have better been left without music, and most of the cowboys are clean-shaven and neatly attired in that 1950s Roy Rogers style.

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