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:
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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COLD-EYED STRANGER...a wanted killer who wore a dead marshal's star! See more »


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14 April 1957 (USA)  »

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Story of a Star  »

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The on-screen crediting of Ramey Idriss as the music performer states that he was playing Fender guitars. See more »


The "Iron" jail cell is made of wooden dowels and boards. 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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Jim Davis finally gets the lead in The Badge of Marshal Brennan
18 July 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched on Netflex streaming another Jim Davis western. In this one, he's Jeff Harlan who's on the run when he encounters Marshal Matt Brennan (Douglas Fowley) dying in the desert. He then takes his identity and ends up helping the nearest town doctor (Harry Lauter) as he tries to stop some infected cattle from leaving the premises as he tries to find the antidote for the people affected. But the Donaphins (Louis Jean Heydt and Lee Van Cleef as father and son, respectively) are intent to push their cattle across the river so of course a fight is inevitable...This was quite a big role for Davis as he's top-billed for the first time here and has the lion's share of scenes. And this was also the first time I've seen him have some romance in his old movies with Arleen Whelan as Murdock providing such an alluring presence. Also interesting seeing country music stars Carl Smith as the sheriff and Marty Robbins as Felipe. The fender guitar music by Ramey Idriss was also a cool accompaniment to the score and I also liked the unique directorial touches of Albert C. Gannaway like Van Cleef throwing that vial of blood on the camera lens or that shadow of Davis when he mentions about not running away from it. So on that note, I highly recommend The Badge of Marshal Brennan.

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