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Writer:
Tom Hubbard (written by)
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Release Date:
14 April 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
MAN OF STEEL...OR TINHORN KILLER! He had to make his play...he was running out of time and territory! See more »
Plot:
Jim Davis is a man on the run. He comes across the body of a dead man wearing the badge of a marshal... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Extremely Slooooow See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jim Davis ... Jeff Harlan / The Stranger
Arleen Whelan ... Murdock
Carl Smith ... Sheriff Carl Smith
Harry Lauter ... Dr. Steve Hale, M.D.
Marty Robbins ... Felipe

Douglas Fowley ... Marshal Matt Brennan

Lee Van Cleef ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Coontz ... Cowhand / Indian in Knife Fight (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes ... Townsman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Albert C. Gannaway 
 
Writing credits
Tom Hubbard (written by) (as Thomas G. Hubbard)

Produced by
Albert C. Gannaway .... producer
Tom Hubbard .... associate producer (as Thomas G. Hubbard)
 
Original Music by
Ramey Idriss 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Straumer 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester D. Guthrie .... assistant director (as Lester Guthrie)
 
Sound Department
Leon M. Leon .... sound
 
Stunts
Bill Coontz .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Hinkle .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip
 
Editorial Department
Asa Boyd Clark .... supervising editor
 
Other crew
Jack Church .... technical advisor
Bill Coontz .... technical advisor
Darryl Guy .... production assistant
Richard LaCroix .... assistant to producer
Mai Santacroce .... script supervisor (as Mai Dietrich)
Bill Ward .... technical advisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Story of a Star" - USA (recut version)
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Runtime:
74 min | 29 min (edited)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | USA:Approved (certificate #18342) | West Germany:0 (nf)

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Trivia:
The on-screen crediting of Ramey Idriss as the music performer states that he was playing Fender guitars.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The "Iron" jail cell is made of wooden dowels and boards.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Man on the RunSee more »

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Extremely Slooooow, 15 August 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

The Badge of Marshall Brennan is an extremely SLOW moving western from 1957. The basic premise is fine. A rather tame outlaw named Jeff Harlan (Jim Davis) helps the title character (Douglas Fowley) - who was wounded by hostile Indians out in the desert. When Marshall Brennan dies Jeff takes his badge, their last conversation had been about Jeff's childhood dream of being a lawman.

In the nearest town a conflict is starting between the doctor (Harry Lauter) and a rich cattleman and his son Shan (an extremely young Lee Van Cleef-already playing a bad guy). The doctor suspects the cattle are infected with Black Spot Fever and that it is being transmitted to the people in the town.

There will soon be a love triangle with Jeff and the good doctor vying for the attentions of a redheaded café owner named Murdock (Arleen Whelan-still extremely pretty at age 40). Marty Robbins (soon to be a county music star) plays a Mexican with blonde hair and a very bad "Cisco Kid" accent.

The problem is that the story elements are enough for a 40-50 minute television show, not a 74-minute feature film. So there are expanded establishing shots and considerable chatter, not in the service of the plot but as a way to pad the running length. Making this the type of film that is best watched while doing your homework or reading a book; it is hard to give the thing more than 30% of your focus.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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