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Broken Lance

Synopsis
Feature film western. The story concerns Matt Devereaux (Tracy), a cattle baron who in his brutal ambition to build a ranching empire tyrannises his three eldest sons - Ben, Denny and Mike. Only Joe, his son by his latest wife Señora, an Indian, loves his father. The father discovers a copper smelter polluting his land and illegally destroys it. Joe takes the responsibility himself and goes to jail. When he is released, he finds that his brothers have rebelled against their father and are now running the ranch themselves, causing Matt to have a stroke. Señore convinces Joe that he should make peace with his brothers but Ben confronts Joe in a showdown.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1954
Duration
95 mins; 8,586 feet

Credits

Director
Edward Dmytryk
Producer
Sol C. Siegel
Cinematographer
Joe MacDonald (2)
Screenplay
Richard Murphy (2)
Music
Leigh Harline
Cast
Spencer TracyMatt Deveraux (Lear)
Robert WagnerJoe Deveraux (Cordelia)
Earl HollimanDenny Deveraux
Hugh O’BrianMike Deveraux
Jean PetersBarbara
Richard WidmarkBen Deveraux

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); westerns

Notes

General
From a story by Philip Yordan. Some commentators believe that the love Joe shows to his tyrannical Lear-like father gives the film a closer relationship to King Lear than HOUSE OF STRANGERS also with a screenplay by Yordan.
Awards
1955 Academy Award for Best Original Story.

Production Company

Name

20th Century Fox

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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