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Broken Lance
Broken Lance
is a 1954 Western film made by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Edward Dmytryk
Edward Dmytryk
and produced by Sol C. Siegel. The movie stars Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
and features Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark and Katy Jurado. Shot in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope, the film is a remake of House of Strangers (1949) with the Phillip Yordan
Phillip Yordan
screenplay (based upon the novel I'll Never Go There Any More by Jerome Weidman), transplanted out west, featuring Tracy in the original Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
role, this time as a cowboy cattle baron rather than a Lower East Side Italian immigrant banker in New York City.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Reception

3.1 Awards and nominations

4 Home media 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Matthew Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) is a ranch owner who has built an enormous ranch and mining empire. He raised his sons to carry on his fierce, hard-working Irish settlement spirit, that helped make him a success. However, as a consequence, he's never shown his three older sons by his late first wife, Ben, Mike, and Denny (played respectively by Richard Widmark, Hugh O'Brian, and Earl Holliman), his affection as a father. He treats these grown men (in their 30s to their 40s) little better than hired help. Even though they are managing the day-to-day operations of the ranch and other enterprises full time, Matt Devereaux still retains complete authority, right down to the smallest decisions, which angers his eldest son. So, the three elder sons are united against him, for reasons that have nothing to do with either the ranch, or its management. Joe (Robert Wagner) is Matt's son by his second wife, a Native American, "Señora" (Katy Jurado). Because of Joe's mixed ethnicity, he is treated prejudicially by his three half-brothers—all Caucasian sons of Matt's first wife. The town's people call her Señora out of respect for Matt, but not out of respect for her. Matt Devereaux's power and prestige keeps the discrimination by the townspeople towards Joe to a minimum, so long as Joe, an emerging young adult, is principally interested in riding the range alone, and spending time at his mother's native American reservation and with her people. Joe loves his father and would do anything for him. Because of his wife's insistence that he change his attitude towards their son, Matt Devereaux comes to appreciate his youngest son. This allows Matt to converse with the son, who shows no interest in owning and running the ranch empire. The older brothers interpret this as a rejection by their father, and an attempt to live the lie that he has only one son and not four. Resentment ensues. The two middle sons rustle cattle and get two Mexicans killed, then get caught by two Indian workers whom they sacked the year before and shot by Matt. After 40 head of cattle die, Matt determines that a copper mine is polluting a stream where he waters his cattle. He becomes furious and leads a raid on the mine offices and director. The mine is on Matt's land, and he has leased out 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 is sentenced to three years in prison. Ben and his other brothers rebel against their father in Joe´s absence with such fierceness that the old man suffers a fatal stroke. Joe is permitted to leave prison long enough to attend his father's funeral, during which he formally severs his ties with his brothers and proclaims a blood feud.[4] Released from prison several years later, Joe returns to the ranch. The señora, his mother, persuades him to forget revenge and leave the country. Joe decides to take her advice, but Ben, fearing his revenge because he killed his father in the end, crosses his path and tries to kill him. The two half-brothers fight until Two Moons, the ranch foreman, shoots Ben dead to save Joe´s life. Time passes, and Joe and his new wife Barbara (Jean Peters) visit Matt's grave. There, Joe sees the down-turned lance, the Indian symbol for a blood feud, and breaks it in half, thus ending the feud.[5] Cast[edit]

Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
as Matt Devereaux Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner
as Joe Devereaux Jean Peters
Jean Peters
as Barbara Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark
as Ben Devereaux Katy Jurado
Katy Jurado
as Señora Devereaux Hugh O'Brian
Hugh O'Brian
as Mike Devereaux Eduard Franz
Eduard Franz
as Two Moons Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
as Denny Devereaux E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
as Horace, the governor Carl Benton Reid
Carl Benton Reid
as Clem Lawton Philip Ober
Philip Ober
as Van Cleve Robert Burton as Mac Andrews

Reception[edit] Awards and nominations[edit] The film won the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Story for Philip Yordan. Katy Jurado was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Jurado's role was originally for Dolores del Río. The film also won a Golden Globe Award as Best Film Promoting International Understanding. Home media[edit] The film was released on DVD on May 24, 2005. Viewers have the option of watching either a "pan and scan" full screen version or the original wide screen version. Both versions have stereophonic sound and have been digitally restored.[6] The film has since been released on Blu-ray
by Twilight Time in the correct CinemaScope
aspect ratio of 2.55:1. See also[edit]

List of American films of 1954


^ Solomon, p249 ^ Solomon, p225 ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1954', Variety Weekly, January 5, 1955 ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/69764/Broken-Lance/ ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/69764/Broken-Lance/ ^ https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Lance-Spencer-Tracy/dp/B0007PALKC

Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1.

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