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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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MAN OF STEEL...OR TINHORN KILLER! He had to make his play...he was running out of time and territory! 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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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The last Apache to attack Harlan knocks the gun out of his hand, then tries to knife him. Harlan's gun can be seen in back in his holster during the fight, then disappears again. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

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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Epidemic
8 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Country&Western performers Carl Smith and Marty Robbins are featured in this fine no frills western from Allied Artists. The Badge Of Marshal Brennan really could have used a nice A budget from a big studio and some name stars. As it is Jim Davis, Arleen Whelan, and Lee Van Cleef do just fine in their parts. I could have James Stewart in the lead had this been an A film.

Outlaw on the run Davis leaves a pursuing posse behind as he goes into the desert where they don't want to chase him. He meets a dying marshal played by Douglas Fowley and assumes his identity which stands him in good stead when he gets across the desert and into a town where the local Ponderosa is run by Louis Jean Heydt and his homicidal son Lee Van Cleef.

They've got a real problem, black spot fever, second cousin to typhus as Dr. Harry Lauter puts it. The cattle ought to be destroyed, but Heydt and Van Cleef would sooner lynch the marshal and save their diseased cattle and profits.

When Davis breaks up said lynching he becomes involved with the town and its problem of standing up to Heydt who is not used to people telling him no. He also becomes Lauter's rival for Arleen Whelan who runs the local café.

I think you can see where this is all going. I might have changed the ending, but even with the climax it has The Badge Of Marshal Brennan is a fine feature with a plot that's a cross between Shane and The Left Hand Of God. It really deserved a bigger budget.


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