Director(s): George Archainbaud
Available Quality: DivX, iPod
IMDB Rating: 5.9 out of 10 (87 votes)
Wounded while stopping the James gang from robbing the local bank, a cowboy wakes up in the hospital to find that hes been elected town marshal. He soon comes into conflict with the town banker, who controls everything in town and is squeezing the townspeople for every penny he can get out of them.
Mike-764 (01 May 2013)
In Broken Lance, Kansas, John Bonniwell averts the Jesse James gang fromholding up the town bank, but is severely wounded in the process. When heawakes in the hospital, he finds that he has been elected town marshall,with high recommendations from the bank owner and leading citizen, SteveBarat. Bonniwell accepts the job (especially after getting an eyeful of thehotel owner Eleanor Sager) even though he knows that he was only appointedto become a pawn in Barat's scheme to bleed Broken Lance, and the Kansas,dry. Bonniwell's position is put to the test when Barat sues Bonniwell'sfriend Waggoner for running his cattle without paying the $1 a head tollenforced by Barat. When he sees that Bonniwell isn't going to be controlledso easily, Barat has Bonniwell's enemies go after him followed by an attemptby Barat's gambling brother, Jeff (who seems to be playing both sides of thestandoff, while in love with Eleanor). Bonniwell then starts to rid BrokenLance of Barat's influence without losing his life, or anyone else's, in theprocess. Very good western with an excellent script, direction,characterization, and performances by everyone. Dix is right at home asBonniwell, even though he seems awkward at times. Jory gives one of his bestperformances as Jeff, and his characterization is very surprising anddifferent from others in the genre. The movie also contains one of thebiggest barroom free for alls in any western, with everyone getting into thefracas. Only flaw was the climax was not as action packed as other sequencesin the movie, but still a winner all the way. Rating, based on B westerns(this may count as a B+ however), 9.
dougdoepke (01 May 2013)
No need to recap the plot. Though conventional in most respects, thiswestern does have some imaginative wrinkles. The Victor Jory character(Jeff) is a real novelty for the western format. Unlike most oaters, wecan't tell where his loyalties lie. His intentions remain something ofan enigma, which adds greatly to the plot since we can't be sure whathe'll do next. With his unusual looks, Jory is perfectly cast. Thenthere's the super slick Albert Dekker who uses his extraordinarybusiness guile instead of a six-gun to take over the town. All in all,it's a fine cast of colorful movie veterans, especially the froggishEugene Palette.I get the feeling someone in production was aiming for an epic scalewestern. Consider features like the host of extras, the big shootouts,the massive barroom free-for-all, the cattle stampede that's not allstock shots, along with the well-mounted musical numbers. The troubleis they spent all their money on big events but filmed in the veryun-epic LA area scrublands, which gives the visuals a flat, pedestrianappearance. The story may be grandly conceived but the canvas isordinary, at best. All in all, it's an interesting, slightly offbeatwestern.
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