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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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Betsy Blair was cast as Ward Bond's daughter in the hope that Bond's enthusiastic support of the House Against Un-American Activities might help her career. (She had been unofficially blacklisted due to her activism and ties to Communist sympathizers.) It did not, but she enjoyed working with Bond despite their opposing politics. See more »
The Halliday Brand is a short movie clocking in at less than 80 minutes but it packs a powerful punch for all that, being a passionate,moody and brooding movie without an optimistic bone in its body
Ward Bond is the patriarch of the Halliday clan-rancher,lawman and bigot who controls his family with an unflinching will and brooks no opposition to his domestic and governmental tyranny.When his daughter (Betsy Blair)falls in love with a mixed race man(part Native American/part white)he orders him off the family ranch and railroads him into gaol on a false rustling charge and shortly thereafter the man is lynched.This is too much for his equally strong willed son (Joseph Cotten)who abandons family and home to set himself up in opposition to his father The tale unfolds via flashback when he returns to the bedside of his ailing father but there is to be no cosy reconciliation,and blinkered hatred rules Directed by Lewis in an intense almost manic style this is generally well acted,although Lindfors is simply
The look is minimalist with stylised studio interiors being put to good use and adding to the sense of oppression generated by the movie.There is no room for compromise in Bond's world view and Cotten is the mirror image leaving tragedy as the ultimate outcome Lindfors is miscast but other performance are strong and using performers not always readily associated with the genre aids involvement
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