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Montana Belle (1952)

In Oklahoma, outlaw Belle Starr joins the Dalton gang but she causes a romantic rivalry and a rift between the gang members, especially on the eve of the planned robbery of a bank where a posse is secretly waiting in ambush.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (story), Howard Welsch (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Russell ... Belle Starr
George Brent ... Tom Bradfield
Scott Brady ... Bob Dalton
Forrest Tucker ... Mac
Andy Devine ... Pete Bivins
Jack Lambert ... Ringo
John Litel ... Matt Towner
Ray Teal ... Emmett Dalton
Rory Mallinson ... Grat Dalton
Mike Ragan ... Ben Dalton (as Holly Bane)
Roy Barcroft ... Jim Clark
Ned Davenport Ned Davenport ... Bank Clerk
Dick Elliott ... Jeptha Rideout - Banker
Gene Roth ... Marshal Ripple (as Eugene Roth)
Stanley Andrews ... Marshal Combs
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Storyline

In a fictionalized biography, Oklahoma outlaw Belle Starr meets the Dalton gang when rescued from lynching by Bob Dalton, who falls for her. So do gang member Mac and wealthy saloon owner Tom Bradfield, who's enlisted in a bankers' scheme to trap the Daltons. Dissension among the gang and Bradfield's ambivalence complicate the plot, as Belle demonstrates her prowess with shootin' irons, horses, and as a surprisingly racy saloon entertainer. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Warm Lips...Hot Lead! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schönste von Montana See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Sheridan and Brian Donlevy had been considered for the leads. See more »

Goofs

Since Belle Starr was murdered in 1889 in Oklahoma and the Dalton Gang did not become active until 1890 this never could have happened. See more »

Quotes

[after the Marshal and his deputy were placed in a jail cell by bandits]
Marshal Ripple: Some deputy you are, sitting there reading the newspaper. You're under arrest!
[Marshal rips off the deputy's badge]
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed in Trucolor, but black and white prints also exist (still bearing the Trucolor credit). See more »

Connections

Version of Belle Starr (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gilded Lily
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Written by Portia Nelson and Margaret Martinez
Sung by Jane Russell
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Belle Starr according to Hollywood.
9 November 1999 | by Cajun-4See all my reviews

Jane Russell plays a (very) fictionalized Belle Starr. (Going off contemporary photographs the real Belle Starr looked closer to Ernest Borgnine), also Jane gets away with being disguised as a man during a holdup!! You can see we are not talking reality here.

Originally filmed in color, most prints now available are black and white. Jane does a couple of not bad (and rather racy) musical numbers that are a little out of place and appeared to have filmed at a different time. It seems as though cuts may have been as the plot gets a little muddled sometimes and now and again we get the impression we are entering scenes in progress.

After completion this movie was held up for a few years before distribution, which is usually a bad sign. In this case though it seems no worse than many of the second string westerns produced in the forties.

Okay with popcorn and if you're in the right mood.


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