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Branded (1950)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | November 1950 (USA)
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A gunfighter takes part in a scheme to bilk a wealthy cattle family out of half a million dollars by pretending to be their son, who was kidnapped as child.


Rudolph Maté


Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Cyril Hume (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Choya
Mona Freeman ... Ruth Lavery
Charles Bickford ... Richard Lavery
Robert Keith ... T. Jefferson Leffingwell
Joseph Calleia ... Rubriz
Peter Hansen ... Tonio
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Lavery
Tom Tully ... Ransom
John Berkes ... Tattoo
Milburn Stone ... Dawson
Martin Garralaga ... Hernandez
Edward Clark ... Dad Travis
John Butler ... Spig


Twenty-five years ago the Lavery baby was kidnapped. Bad guy Leffingwell gets Choya to impersonate the son to gain the Lavery estate. When he finally fesses up to his "sister" Ruth she is furious. To redeem himself he sets out to find the real son. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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LADD as you like him in an Action-Packed Adventure!


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Film debut of Peter Hansen. See more »


When Alan Ladd's character is washing up (takes his shirt off to reveal the fake birthmark) after riding the unbroken horse, he uses a faucet from a modern pressurized water system rather than a period hand pump. See more »


Rubriz: You young ones have not heard enough bullets to know the song of them. When I rode with Juarez, I heard them by the hundreds. Enough bullets to know their music.
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Gratifying Western worth seeing
16 April 2012 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

Some have said it's too bad Ladd made "Shane", because it overshadowed this great piece. I'd like to think there's room for both great Westerns to fill the honor roll of classic Westerns.

Ladd plays a gunman named Choya. He's probably a lot like Shane, only perhaps a month before Shane becomes the character we see in his film.

He's recruited by an older man to pretend to be the son of a wealthy rancher, a son who was kidnapped at the age of five.

Many revelations come about during the movie, and most of them very early. The new partner of Choya (Ladd) quickly shows himself to be the last person you'd want near you, a true monster. Yet he's a very believable monster. The first death scene, which is a murder committed by this man, may be one of the best Hollywood stunt scenes ever done. It's worth watching all on its own. Too bad we never see the victim again, as he is a character we could truly like, which makes the act even more deplorable.

The dramatics and action that unfold are rugged "tough guy" Western traditions united with very believable motivations. This is a great script, and it is superbly directed, which also means the acting is superb.

I won't spoil the film any more. It is a truly great Western, made during the golden age of Westerns, when people actually knew some of the rugged individualists of the late nineteenth century and the West, before all of our information came from self righteous rich kids and bubble boys who probably never stepped foot in a park by themselves.

Enough of the cynicism. Back to the film. It's rich and full of every ingredient, action, drama, three dimensional characters, pathos, scenery, everything that makes a great film. So sit back and enjoy.

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Release Date:

November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Montana Rides See more »

Filming Locations:

Portal, Arizona, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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