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The Broken Star (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | April 1956 (USA)
When a deputy marshal murders a henchman, steals the racketeer money he is holding, and claims self defense, the head marshal orders an investigation to find the truth.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writer:

John C. Higgins (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Howard Duff ... Deputy Marshal Frank Smeed
Lita Baron ... Conchita Alvarado
Bill Williams ... Deputy Marshal Bill Gentry
Douglas Fowley ... Hiram Charleton
Henry Calvin Henry Calvin ... Thornton Wills
Addison Richards ... Marshal Wayne Forrester
Joel Ashley Joel Ashley ... Messendyke
John Pickard ... Van Horn
William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips ... Doc Mott (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Joe Dominguez Joe Dominguez ... Nachez
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Storyline

A deputy marshal is ordered to investigate the killing of a Mexican ranch hand by a fellow deputy, who claims self-defense. Using turn of the century forensic science and dogged determination, the deputy breaks down his partner's alibi and discovers that the lawman had killed the rancher for eight thousand dollars in gold that had been hidden in the Mexican's home. Now he must arrest his friend before the Mexican's gunslinging friends can kill him before he's tried for the crime. Written by David Bassler

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In the Name of the Law He Murdered and Plundered! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gegen das Gesetz See more »

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Production Co:

Bel-Air Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Deputy Marshal Frank Smeed: You don't believe me, is that it? Is that why you sent Bill out?
Marshal Wayne Forrester: When a man is killed in this district, it's my job to investigate - even when the killer happens to be one of my deputies.
Deputy Marshal Frank Smeed: I don't like that word 'killer'!
Marshal Wayne Forrester: It's not a pleasant word, but when one man kills another, that is the term.
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Soundtracks

I Hate You
Lyrics by John C. Higgins
Music by Paul Dunlap
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50s noir western
21 April 2011 | by c532cSee all my reviews

An obvious western version of a story that was done twice in 1954 (as SHIELD FOR MURDER and PRIVATE HELL 36--with Howard Duff!) where a good lawman goes into business for himself.

This has all the elements: ruthless crime boss, two hired goons, a blackmailer, desperate escape and even a sultry chanteuse singing in a nightclub -er- saloon. Duff's playing is typically stoic, but this adds a bit to his bluff, duplicitous character (the kind Fred MacMurray used to play in DOUBLE INDEMNITY and PUSHOVER)and the rest of the cast does quite well under Selander's assured (well it certainly should be assured by this time!) direction. I particularly liked Douyglas Fowley as the crooked blackmailer. The scene where he and Duff negotiate -- each obviously planning a double-cross -- has a fine, greasy tension to it.


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