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Branded (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime , Western | November 1950 (USA)
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.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Choya
Mona Freeman ... Ruth Lavery
Charles Bickford ... Mr. 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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Crime | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 28, 1952 with Mona Freeman reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ruth Lavery: What's your name?
Choya: Choya.
Ruth Lavery: That's Spanish for cactus. Why do they call you that?
Choya: Ever tried to pick one?
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Melodrama meets western.
22 January 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The imposter topic is very rare in a western:we often find it in a classic detective film like "no man of her own"(1950) and its French mediocre remake "I married a shadow" (1982).Except for the short prologue ,first half looks like a psychological suspense.Second part is more eventful,although not at the expense of Alan Ladd character's frames of mind.

The hero actually is in need of a family;we know it from the start,Alan Ladd's wistful face tells it all.Love interest-which might be some kind of faux incest-is not as convincing as the hero's searching for haven ;it's a pity that the mother's character is not more present because she is,more than Mona Freeman's one,the keystone of the story.

Also a work of redemption ,because Ladd will try to redeem himself ,and a plea for peace and understanding,proof positive that a western does not need a violent showdown to be successful.The Rio Grande becomes a beautiful symbol,as human as political,and the scene when the Father takes in the two men on its banks has a biblical grandeur.

Rudolph Mate shows here that a B western can sometimes be deeper than so-called" A grade" classic ones.


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