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The Badge of Marshal Brennan -- A man on the run discovers a dead man with a marshal badge; he buries the man, takes the badge, and soon assumes the identity of the man.


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Release Date:
14 April 1957 (USA) See more »
MAN OF STEEL...OR TINHORN KILLER! He had to make his play...he was running out of time and territory! See more »
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 »
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  (in credits order)

Jim Davis ... 'Brennan'
Arleen Whelan ... Murdock
Carl Smith ... Sheriff Carl Smith
Harry Lauter ... Doc Hale
Marty Robbins ... Felipe

Douglas Fowley ... Marshal Matt Brennan (as Doug Fowley)

Lee Van Cleef ... Shad Donaphin
Louis Jean Heydt ... Col. Donaphin
Lawrence Dobkin ... Chicamon
Eddie Crandall ... Pepe Joe
Darryl Guy ... George

Rick Vallin ... Deputy Jody (as Ric Vallon)
Edward Colmans ... Governor Ainley (as Edward Colemans)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Coontz ... Cowhand / Indian in Knife Fight (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes ... Townsman (uncredited)

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  (as Ramez Idriss)
Cinematography by
Charles Straumer (director of photography)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester D. Guthrie .... assistant director (as Lester Guthrie)
Sound Department
Leon M. Leon .... sound
Bill Coontz .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Hinkle .... Stunt Double Jim Davis (uncredited)
Robert Hinkle .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... head grip
Editorial Department
Asa Boyd Clark .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Ramey Idriss .... music played by (as Ramez Idriss)
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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74 min | 29 min (edited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-12 | USA:Approved (certificate #18342) | West Germany:0 (nf)

Did You Know?

Edited to 29 minutes and retitled Story of a Star as unsold pilot for a proposed Western Anthology television series.See more »
Continuity: The last Apache to attack Harlan knocks the gun out of his hand, then tries to knife him. Harlan's gun can be seen in back in his holster during the fight, then disappears again.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 RunSee more »


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Mystical psychological brooding Western, 12 July 2000
Author: maharani_md ( from Bethesda, MD

For a low-budget film, this one really captures the imagination. Jim Davis gives one of the most enigmatic performances of his career in a very off-beat Western that draws its main plot elements from a combination of Eastern mysticism and tried-and-true Western cliches. A truly eccentric and haunting score adds to the ethereal nature of the proceeding. On one level almost laughable, but on another, deeply profound.

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