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Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons (1978)

La ballade des Dalton (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Family | 7 May 1979 (USA)
A wandering cowboy watches over formidable bandits who, to touch an inheritance, must eliminate the members of the jury who sentenced their uncle.


René Goscinny (comic), Morris (comic) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ... Min Li Foo, le blanchisseur chinois / Mathias Bones, le joyeux croque-mort / Le crieur de journaux / Juan le Mexicain (voice)
Georges Atlas Georges Atlas ... Un Cow-Boy pas content / Un gardien de prison (voice)
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Lucky Luke (voice)
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... William Dalton (voice)
Xavier Depraz Xavier Depraz ... Le cow-boy qui évite le train (voice)
Jacques Deschamps Jacques Deschamps ... Bud Bugman, le conducteur de locomotive / Un chercheur d'or / Le sheriff de Tumbleweed Springs (voice)
Gisèle Grimm Gisèle Grimm ... (voice)
Michel Elias Michel Elias ... Plume de serpent, le sorcier indien (voice)
Bernard Haller ... Ran Tan Plan, le chien le plus bête et le plus symphatique de l'Ouest / Tobias Wills (voice)
Jacques Fabbri ... Thadeus Collins, le directeur de prison (voice)
Gérard Hernandez Gérard Hernandez ... Jack Dalton / Pepe le Mexicain (voice)
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... L'imprimeur / Le premier barman (voice)
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Pancho / Walt (voice)
Jacques Legras ... Augustus Betting, le notaire (voice)
Jacques Morel Jacques Morel ... Sam Game, le prêcheur et tricheur repenti (voice)


A wandering cowboy watches over formidable bandits who, to touch an inheritance, must eliminate the members of the jury who sentenced their uncle.

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Did You Know?


The entire dream sequence is an homage to the golden age of cinema musicals and includes references to Ziegfeld Follies (1945), Strangers in the Night (1966), Singin' in the Rain (1952) and Bathing Beauty (1944). See more »


Followed by Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure (2007) See more »


La ballade des Dalton
Music by Claude Bolling
Lyrics by Henri Gruel & Lawrence Riesner
Performed by Eric Kristy
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User Reviews

Mediocre but somewhat entertaining
4 April 2005 | by uruseiranmaSee all my reviews

7 years after Lucky Luke dealt with the Dalton Brothers in the western frontier near Daisy Town, Luke and the Dalton's paths cross again, in The Ballad of the Dalton Gang.' A banjo player narrates the tail of how this time, Luke takes the Dalton's to prison. Though once inside, the Daltons are met by Augustus Betting, who is representing the estate of their late relative Uncle Henry Dalton. Throughout his exploits, Henry Dalton amassed quite a fortune, and named his nephews as his heirs, but on condition that they eliminate the judge and jury that sentenced him. Thoug, to make sure that they do their job, Henry Dalton wants Lucky Luke to supervise the boys (since Luke was the most honorable and trustworthy man he knew). The Dalton's manage to break out of prison, and run into Luke. Though they threaten to either shoot him, or give him a share of Henry's legacy. Luke seems to be taking this well, and offers to help rubbing out those the boys are after.

Once again, this film falls onto some humor that is probably too different for American audience to embrace. There's a dog named Rin Tin Can who just seems to be a clueless mutt who the law enforcement people keep praising, but doesn't really do much good for the better part of the film. Also, Luke's horse Jolly Jumper is given a speaking voice as well, though he's only understood by the other animals.

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Release Date:

7 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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