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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:
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Jeff Harlan / The Stranger
Arleen Whelan ...
Murdock
Carl Smith ...
Sheriff Carl Smith
Harry Lauter ...
Dr. Steve Hale, M.D.
Marty Robbins ...
Felipe
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Marshal Matt Brennan
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Shad Donaphin
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Colonel Donaphin
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Chickamon (as Larry Dobkin)
Eddie Crandall ...
Pepe Joe
Darryl Guy ...
George
Rick Vallin ...
Deputy Jody (as Ric Vallon)
Edward Colmans ...
Governor Ainley (as Edward Colemans)
Ramey Idriss ...
Musician (as Ramez Idriss)
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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 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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BEHIND THE MARSHAL'S STAR...A KILLER'S DEADLY SECRET! See more »

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Romance | Western

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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 »

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The road the sheriff and the governor are riding on has automobile tire marks. See more »

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[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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Excellent "B" western
1 September 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

The Badge of Marshal Brennan is a "B" western starring Jim Davis who later gained fame as the Ewing patriarch in Dallas. Davis was an imposing gentleman with a rugged face and a deep commanding voice. He played villains in "A" westerns and heroes in "B" westerns. In The Badge of Marshal Brennan he plays "The Stranger", a man on the run, who comes across a dying marshal. After the marshal dies, he buries the body and takes the badge. At the next town, he is mistaken for the dead marshal. The town had sent for Marshal Brennan because of an epidemic, outlaws and panic. The Stranger sees it as a chance to hide from his pursuers. What he doesn't realize is that by taking on the badge of Marshal Brennan, he takes on the responsibilities of the dead marshal.

It is an excellent movie, one I remember well, even after many years. Davis, as always, give a strong performance as a man who has to look inside himself and finds much more there than he thought. It has mystical overtones that are interesting but do not interfere with its tough "B" western quality.

If it ever comes out on DVD, I would strongly recommend it to any western fan.


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