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Broken Lance (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 25 September 1954 (USA)
The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay), Philip Yordan (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Matt Devereaux
Robert Wagner ... Joe Devereaux
Jean Peters ... Barbara
Richard Widmark ... Ben Devereaux
Katy Jurado ... Señora Devereaux
Hugh O'Brian ... Mike Devereaux
Eduard Franz ... Two Moons
Earl Holliman ... Denny Devereaux
E.G. Marshall ... Horace - The Governor
Carl Benton Reid ... Clem Lawton
Philip Ober ... Van Cleve
Robert Burton ... Mac Andrews
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Storyline

Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in prison. Matt dies from a stroke partly caused by his rebellious sons and when Joe gets out he plans revenge. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Fury of the West's Most Lawless Feud! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La lance brisée See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Features Katy Jurado's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

When Ben pulls the "dead" Matt from his horse, Matt bends his right knee and swings his right foot to clear the cantle. See more »

Quotes

Mike Devereaux: He'll cool down... and when he does he'll make the deal. He's too smart not to. Ain't that right, Ben?
Ben Devereaux: I don't know. But anybody that throws $10,000 in a spittoon makes me nervous.
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pretty good western
23 August 2005 | by KyleFurr2See all my reviews

This movie has a great cast with Spencer Tracy as the father and owner of a large ranch and and his sons played by Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark, and Hugh O'Brian as his sons. Tracy has been in charge a long time and has a lot of power that got E.G. Marshall elected governor. But everything starts going downhill when two of his sons are caught stealing cattle and Tracy kicks them out. The sons don't think they are being paid enough and Richard Widmark is the first one to turn on his father when he goes on trial for destroying a rival's property. Robert Wagner is the only one to stand up for his father and he winds up going to jail. Katy Jurado plays Tracy's wife and also was in High Noon and One-Eyed Jacks.


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