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As a man returns home to see his dying father, the story of the alienation between father and son is told in flashback. Purposely letting his daughter's lover get lynched, shooting the lynched man's father when he threatens him with a gun, and the bullying tactics used by him as a Sheriff causes the son to leave. The son now plans to ruin his father and get his Sheriff's badge removed. Written by
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The same year that Ward Bond embarked on Wagon Train as Major Seth Adams the role that would give him star status at long last he did this rather grim western. The Halliday Brand casts him as both sheriff and local Ponderosa owner and he's one mean and bigoted man. His two sons Joseph Cotten and Bill Williams and daughter Betsy Blair are apples that have fallen far from the tree.
In fact Bond is even concerned about the sex lives of the ranch hands he employs and he and Cotten go to check out who Christopher Dark who is a mixed race person in the Halliday employ is shacking up with. Bond is horrified to learn that it's Blair and they want to get married.
Small wonder that when Dark is arrested on a rustling charge, sheriff Bond lets a lynch mob deal with Dark while he's conveniently out of town. Later on he kills Jay C. Flippen who is the father of Dark and of Viveca Lindfors who Cotten has a thing for.
I'm agreeing with the reviewer that said this film should have had a bigger scope and budget. The Halliday Brand has elements of both Red River and The Big Country and Duel In The Sun and should have gotten that kind of treatment.
Bond is proud, stubborn, and brutal. Joseph Cotten has recycled elements of his and Gregory Peck's character from Duel In The Sun in his relationship with Bond. It's not a totally satisfying welding of those two characters either. Cotten is way too much the classy gentleman to get down and dirty as he does in this film.
Still fans of the other players should like The Halliday Brand.
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