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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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Excellent "B" western See more (10 total) »


  (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)

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
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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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:o.Al. (nf)

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The on-screen crediting of Ramey Idriss as the music performer states that he was playing Fender guitars.See more »
Anachronisms: The road the sheriff and the governor are riding on has automobile tire marks.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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Excellent "B" western, 1 September 2004
Author: carflo from Texas

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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