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Montana Belle (1952)

In Oklahoma, outlaw Belle Starr joins the Dalton gang but she causes a romantic rivalry and a rift between the gang members, especially on the eve of the planned robbery of a bank where a posse is secretly waiting in ambush.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (story), Howard Welsch (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Russell ... Belle Starr
George Brent ... Tom Bradfield
Scott Brady ... Bob Dalton
Forrest Tucker ... Mac
Andy Devine ... Pete Bivins
Jack Lambert ... Ringo
John Litel ... Matt Towner
Ray Teal ... Emmett Dalton
Rory Mallinson ... Grat Dalton
Mike Ragan ... Ben Dalton (as Holly Bane)
Roy Barcroft ... Jim Clark
Ned Davenport Ned Davenport ... Bank Clerk
Dick Elliott ... Jeptha Rideout - Banker
Gene Roth ... Marshal Ripple (as Eugene Roth)
Stanley Andrews ... Marshal Combs
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Storyline

In a fictionalized biography, Oklahoma outlaw Belle Starr meets the Dalton gang when rescued from lynching by Bob Dalton, who falls for her. So do gang member Mac and wealthy saloon owner Tom Bradfield, who's enlisted in a bankers' scheme to trap the Daltons. Dissension among the gang and Bradfield's ambivalence complicate the plot, as Belle demonstrates her prowess with shootin' irons, horses, and as a surprisingly racy saloon entertainer. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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That OUTLAW woman is back again! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schönste von Montana See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Sheridan and Brian Donlevy had been considered for the leads. See more »

Goofs

Since Belle Starr was murdered in 1889 in Oklahoma and the Dalton Gang did not become active until 1890 this never could have happened. See more »

Quotes

[after he and a Dalton brother are cornered during a gunfight]
Mac: Let's walk out of this town.
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed in Trucolor, but black and white prints also exist (still bearing the Trucolor credit). See more »

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Version of Belle Starr (1941) See more »

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The Gilded Lily
(uncredited)
Written by Portia Nelson and Margaret Martinez
Sung by Jane Russell
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Montana Bull
25 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Montana Belle which probably at best started out to be an average B western product from RKO got to Howard Hughes's attention because it starred his protégé Jane Russell. This make believe account of the famous female outlaw Belle Starr got cut and recut and edited down to a mess of a story if you're looking for coherency. The film was made in 1948 and released in 1952 and that's always bad news.

Like Jane's first feature, The Outlaw, certain western legends who never in real life met up with each other, have dealings in the Hollywood west. In The Outlaw, it's the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid story rewritten to have Doc Holiday's participation. In Montana Belle, Jane as Belle Starr is rescued by Bob Dalton played by Scott Brady. But later when she mistakes a doublecross she forms her own gang with Forrest Tucker and Jack Lambert as a most stereotypical Indian.

In the meantime another guy with his hormones in a tizzy over Jane's titanic weaponry is George Brent, gentleman gambler and owner of the largest liquor&gaming establishment in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He's going to reform Jane and separate her from her disreputable outlaw companions. Nice work if you can get it.

You can't say too much about the story, Howard Hughes muddled this one, the same as he muddled, The Outlaw, Jet Pilot, and My Forbidden Past. One thing he didn't do for which we can thank the Deity is that he didn't cut Jane's number, The Gilded Lily from the film. It's definitely the best thing about Montana Belle.

But over at Republic they were shooting westerns with all their B stars that had more coherent plots than you see here.


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