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Broken Lance (1954)

aka Broken Lance

"Fury of the West's Most Lawless Feud!"

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Details: 96 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Matt Devereaux
Small Joe Devereaux
Small Barbara
Small Ben Devereaux
Small Señora Devereaux
Small Mike Devereaux
Small Two Moons
Small Denny Devereaux
Small Horace - The Governor
Small Clem Lawton
No_movie_poster Van Cleve
No_movie_poster Mac Andrews

Crew:

Small Edward Dmytryk Director
No_movie_poster Richard Murphy Screenplay
No_movie_poster Philip Yordan Story
No_movie_poster Sol C. Siegel Production
No_movie_poster Dorothy Spencer Editing

Taglines:

"Fury of the West's Most Lawless Feud!"

Plot:

Matt Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) is a ranch owner who has tried to raise his sons to carry on the fierce, hard-working Irish settlement spirit that helped make him a success. However, as a consequence, he never learned to show his three sons from his first marriage the affection they yearned for and treats his boys little better than the hired help.

Joe (Robert Wagner) is Matt's son by the Native American Princess, Matt's wife "Señora" (Katy Jurado). The town's people call her Senora out of respect for Matt but not out of respect for her. Because of Joe's mixed ethnicity, he is treated prejudicially by his three half-brothers, Ben (Richard Widmark), Mike (Hugh O'Brian), and Denny (Earl Holliman) -- all Caucasian sons of Matt's first wife.

Joe loves his father and would do nearly anything for him, but his siblings resent Matt's emotional distance. The two middle kids rustle cattle and get two Mexicans killed, then get caught and shot by Matt and two Indians (who they sacked the year before).

Soon after 40 head of cattle die, Matt discovers a copper mine 20 miles away is polluting a stream where he waters his cattle. He becomes furious and leads a raid on the mine. The mine is on Matt's land, but he does not have the mineral rights. The law issues a warrant to arrest whoever was responsible for the attack.

To spare his father the agony and humiliation of a stay behind bars, Joe claims responsibility and spends several years in prison. When he's released, he discovers that Ben and his other brothers rebelled against their father with such extremity that the old man suffered a fatal stroke. While Señora tries to persuade Joe not to seek revenge, Ben is more than willing to fight his brother for taking his father's side.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2005-05-24