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Brimstone (1949)

Approved | | Western | 15 August 1949 (USA)
A U.S. Marshal goes undercover to stop a cattle smuggling gang, but when his cover is blown, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Thames Williamson (screenplay), Norman S. Hall (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Cameron ... Johnny Tremaine
Lorna Gray ... Molly Bannister (as Adrian Booth)
Walter Brennan ... Brimstone 'Pop' Courteen
Forrest Tucker ... Sheriff Henry McIntyre
Jack Holt ... Marshal Walter Greenslide
Jim Davis ... Nick Courteen
James Brown ... Bud Courteen
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Deputy Art Benson
Jack Lambert ... Luke Courteen
Will Wright ... Martin Tredwell
David Williams David Williams ... Todd Bannister
Harry Cheshire ... Calvin Willis (as Harry V. Cheshire)
Hal Taliaferro ... Dave Watts
Herbert Rawlinson ... Storekeeper
Stanley Andrews ... Edward Winslow
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A U.S. Marshal goes undercover to stop a cattle smuggling gang, but when his cover is blown, the hunter becomes the hunted.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mit Pech und Schwefel See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Luke Courteen: That wasn't a man! That was a ghost! So was his horse. Why he didn't make a sound. He just...
Nick Courteen: Ah, it's a grassy meadow out yonder. Nobody makes a sound crossing a grassy meadow - except you and your big mouth.
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Excellent Walter Brennan -- Otherwise Nothing Exciting
13 February 2006 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

This is a Republic Studios shot at an A picture. The problem is that it is still Republic, after all. The film is in color, but it's "Trucolor", which is a two color process that makes the great outdoors look very odd. (The movie was clearly shot in the winter -- which makes the fact that the process really does not show green less of a liability. The blue shows up as a very cold blue) And when it is time for a big sweeping scene that's beyond this film's budget, the movie suddenly changes to black and white for a minute.

But the reason for watching is seeing Walter Brennan in full-bore villain mode. And he plays the character as that mean old evil reprobate we all know in our lives, and he is scary good at it. The character resembles his villain in "My Darling Clementine", but he has more film time to be just plain awful, and he makes the most of it. It is bravura acting, but it is not the least hammy or corny. The man won his Academy Awards for a reason.

Plot? Stranger with unclear motives takes on a corrupt town. No surprises on how this develops, though one thinks the Walter Brennan character in real life would have made prompt mincemeat of the stalwart hero, and purchased himself a few more local politicians.


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