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Broken Lance (1954)

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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Company Credits

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dolores del Rio was considered for the role of Señora Devereaux, but was replaced when she couldn't secure a U.S. visa in time. See more »

Goofs

Senora Devereaux's dress changes colour in different shots as she stands at the gate talking to Matt Devereaux. 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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Referenced in Marty (1955) See more »

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Broken House
23 June 2006 | by jcohen1See all my reviews

Saw Broken Lance last nite on Encore Western. It's my second viewing. I really enjoyed Spencer Tracy and Kathy Jurado. Tracy is worth the price of admission and Jurado's sad eyes never fail to draw me in. To those who say it's a play on Joseph & his Brothers, I'm sorry I don't agree. Beyond the superficial similarities, Jacob's sons wouldn't have dreamed of disobeying him, let alone harming him the way the Deveraux boys (Widmark, Holliman, O'Brian) do.

The film has what I believe to be the best film courtroom sequences ever, i.e. the cross-examination of Matt Deveraux.

Definitely worth seeing.


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