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
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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 »
Senora Devereaux's dress changes colour in different shots as she stands at the gate talking to Matt Devereaux. See more »
He'll cool down... and when he does he'll make the deal. He's too smart not to. Ain't that right, Ben?
I don't know. But anybody that throws $10,000 in a spittoon makes me nervous.
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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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