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The Badge of Marshal Brennan (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 14 April 1957 (USA)
A pseudo-marshal, a local doctor and the town sheriff must join forces to battle a greedy cattle-baron whose herd, locally sold, is contaminated with a contagious disease.

Director:

Albert C. Gannaway

Writer:

Tom Hubbard (as Thomas G. Hubbard)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jim Davis ... 'Brennan'
Arleen Whelan ... Murdock
Carl Smith ... Sheriff Carl Smith
Harry Lauter ... Doc Hale
Marty Robbins ... Felipe
Douglas Fowley ... Marshal Matt Brennan (as Doug Fowley)
Lee Van Cleef ... Shad Donaphin
Louis Jean Heydt ... Col. Donaphin
Lawrence Dobkin ... Chicamon
Eddie Crandall Eddie Crandall ... Pepe Joe
Darryl Guy Darryl Guy ... George
Rick Vallin ... Deputy Jody (as Ric Vallon)
Edward Colmans ... Governor Ainley (as Edward Colemans)
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Storyline

Jim Davis is a man on the run. He comes across the body of a dead man wearing the badge of a marshal. He buries the body and takes the badge and rides on. At the next town, he is mistaken for the dead man, a legendary marshal named Brennan. The town sent for Marshal Brennan because they were facing a crisis that includes among other things an epidemic. The Stranger decides to stay as a way of hiding from the men chasing him. What he does not realize is that when he takes on the Badge of Marshal Brennan, he takes on the responsibilities of Marshal Brennan. Written by carflo

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COLD-EYED STRANGER...a wanted killer who wore a dead marshal's star! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Story of a Star See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Edited to 29 minutes and retitled Story of a Star as unsold pilot for a proposed Western Anthology television series. See more »

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Near the end of the picture, as the good guys make their way back in to town following the clash with the Doniphan's, they're shown heading to Murdock's café, standing alone almost at the edge of the river. However all throughout the picture, Murdock's was right in the middle of town. See more »

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[first lines]
Sheriff leading posse: Let him go. Even with a price on his head, he isn't worth chasing into Apache land.
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Man on the Run
Written by Ramey Idriss, Hal Levy and Albert C. Gannaway
Performed by Carl Smith and Ramey Idriss
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Extremely Slooooow
15 August 2006 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

The Badge of Marshall Brennan is an extremely SLOW moving western from 1957. The basic premise is fine. A rather tame outlaw named Jeff Harlan (Jim Davis) helps the title character (Douglas Fowley) - who was wounded by hostile Indians out in the desert. When Marshall Brennan dies Jeff takes his badge, their last conversation had been about Jeff's childhood dream of being a lawman.

In the nearest town a conflict is starting between the doctor (Harry Lauter) and a rich cattleman and his son Shan (an extremely young Lee Van Cleef-already playing a bad guy). The doctor suspects the cattle are infected with Black Spot Fever and that it is being transmitted to the people in the town.

There will soon be a love triangle with Jeff and the good doctor vying for the attentions of a redheaded café owner named Murdock (Arleen Whelan-still extremely pretty at age 40). Marty Robbins (soon to be a county music star) plays a Mexican with blonde hair and a very bad "Cisco Kid" accent.

The problem is that the story elements are enough for a 40-50 minute television show, not a 74-minute feature film. So there are expanded establishing shots and considerable chatter, not in the service of the plot but as a way to pad the running length. Making this the type of film that is best watched while doing your homework or reading a book; it is hard to give the thing more than 30% of your focus.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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