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The Brass Legend (1956)

Approved | | Western | 17 February 1957 (West Germany)
An honest sheriff attempts to save an 11-year-old boy who helped him capture a notorious killer.


Gerd Oswald


Don Martin (screenplay), George Zuckerman (original story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh O'Brian ... Sheriff Wade Addams
Nancy Gates ... Linda Gipson
Raymond Burr ... Tris Hatten
Rebecca Welles ... Millie Street (as Reba Tassell)
Donald MacDonald ... Clay Gipson
Robert Burton ... Tom Gipson
Eddie Firestone ... Shorty
Willard Sage ... Jonathan Tatum
Robert Griffin ... Doc Ward
Stacy Harris ... George Barlow
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Carl Barlow
Russell Simpson ... Deputy 'Pop' Jackson
Norman Leavitt ... Deputy Cooper
Vicente Padula Vicente Padula ... Sanchez (as Vincent Padula)
Clegg Hoyt Clegg Hoyt ... Bartender


During a ride with his new pony Sinoya, the young Clay Gibson by chance finds the secret housing of the multiple murderer Tris Hatten. He reports immediately to Sheriff Adams, who strongly recommends him not to tell anybody about it. Unfortunately Clay talks to his father nevertheless. He believes Adams just wanted fame and reward for himself and accuses him in the newspaper. Thereby he endangers his son, who's now targeted by a killer which Tris' girlfriend Millie hired for revenge. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Most of the principal members of the cast, with the exception of Donald MacDonald and Dennis Cross, went on to have roles with Raymond Burr in the 1957-1966 TV series Perry Mason (1957). See more »


[first lines]
Clay Gipson: How's that, Wade? Hit him every time!
Sheriff Wade Addams: Well, your marksmanship: not bad; but your speed, not so good. That's because you're wastin' a lot of time slappin' leather. You're wearin' your gunbelt a little too high. That's it, lower it a little. You gotta have your wrist just so it's about touchin' your gun handle. That's about right. Now watch... you watch his eyes, never his hands.
[Addams puts a hole right between the eyes of Tris Hatten's wanted poster]
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5 June 2019 | by laurant19See all my reviews

One reviewer compared this movie to High Noon. There is no comparison except Black and White screening. Raymond Burr was outstanding among the familiar cast, because he was an accomplished actor who had timing, instinct, and character. Hugh O'Brien is THE classic example of over-acting, as in melodramatic. His always-angry-at-the-world presentation makes watching his acting a chore. He lets his body do the acting - notice how he shifts from left to right and constantly holds his hands over his guns. The man had no sense of timing.

When we were kids our judgement of quality in moviemaking was greatly affected by plush movie houses with big screens, great-tasting popcorn, and blaring sound systems. Going to the movies was a cultural treat, so that all of those B and C grade films were just a lot of fun. Later, when we learned about what makes for quality in filmmaking, or cooking, or teaching, or flying a jet plane, we look back and laugh heartily at our naïveté.

No, this is not a great movie, nor a good movie, but it was very entertaining back in the day when that word had a completely different meaning.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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