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The Brass Legend (1956)

Approved | | Western | 17 February 1957 (West Germany)
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 ... See full summary »


Gerd Oswald


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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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A town filled with idiots and knuckleheads.
29 December 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Hugh O'Brien plays Sheriff Addams--one of the few inhabitants of a stupid old west town. I say stupid because the folks don't seem all that bright and they seem to appreciate their sheriff about as much you'd appreciate Eczema!

Clay Gipson is a 12 year-old who happens to see the wanted killer, Tris Hatten (Raymond Burr). When he tells the sheriff, Addams is able to capture the baddie. Oddly, many of the townsfolk seem to feel sorry for Hatten--even though he's killed several people! As I said, it's a very stupid town!! So, the trick is to bring Hatten to trial and convict him--while at the same time Addams and Gipson remain alive to see it! But, the conspiracy of stupids is strong!!

The biggest weakness of this film is how fickle and stupid the townspeople were--a bit too stupid if you ask me. I also thought a few of the characters were ridiculous--such as Hatten's girlfriend (???). Clay's father wasn't much better. But, O'Brien does a nice job as does Burr--who is always great in baddie roles. On balance, worth seeing but far from a must-see picture.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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