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The Halliday Brand (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | January 1957 (USA)
Sheriff Halliday doesn't approve of his children dating or marrying half-breeds and his blind hate threatens to alienate his whole family.

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Joseph H. Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Cotten ... Daniel Halliday
Viveca Lindfors ... Aleta Burris
Betsy Blair ... Martha Halliday
Ward Bond ... Big Dan Halliday
Bill Williams ... Clay Halliday
Jay C. Flippen ... Chad Burris
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Jivaro Burris
Jeanette Nolan ... Nante
Peter Ortiz Peter Ortiz ... Manuel
Robin Short Robin Short
Glenn Strange ... Townsman (as Glen Strange)
Jay Lawrence Jay Lawrence ... Townsman
John Dierkes ... Reverend
George Lynn ... Townsman
I. Stanford Jolley ... Gentry (as Stanford Jolley)
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Storyline

As a man returns home to see his dying father, the story of the alienation between father and son is told in flashback. Purposely letting his daughter's lover get lynched, shooting the lynched man's father when he threatens him with a gun, and the bullying tactics used by him as a Sheriff causes the son to leave. The son now plans to ruin his father and get his Sheriff's badge removed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Their violence seared the West like a branding iron !

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Odio contra odio See more »

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Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Ward Bond who plays Joseph Cotten's father was only two years older than Cotten. See more »

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When trying to put out the fire in the hay barn a bucket brigade of men are taking large buckets of water from a water trough. Despite bucket after bucket being removed from the trough the water level never decreases. See more »

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Powerful and intense Western
29 May 2002 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

The Halliday Brand is a short movie clocking in at less than 80 minutes but it packs a powerful punch for all that, being a passionate,moody and brooding movie without an optimistic bone in its body

Ward Bond is the patriarch of the Halliday clan-rancher,lawman and bigot who controls his family with an unflinching will and brooks no opposition to his domestic and governmental tyranny.When his daughter (Betsy Blair)falls in love with a mixed race man(part Native American/part white)he orders him off the family ranch and railroads him into gaol on a false rustling charge and shortly thereafter the man is lynched.This is too much for his equally strong willed son (Joseph Cotten)who abandons family and home to set himself up in opposition to his father The tale unfolds via flashback when he returns to the bedside of his ailing father but there is to be no cosy reconciliation,and blinkered hatred rules Directed by Lewis in an intense almost manic style this is generally well acted,although Lindfors is simply

The look is minimalist with stylised studio interiors being put to good use and adding to the sense of oppression generated by the movie.There is no room for compromise in Bond's world view and Cotten is the mirror image leaving tragedy as the ultimate outcome Lindfors is miscast but other performance are strong and using performers not always readily associated with the genre aids involvement


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