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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.

Director:

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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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Getting kinda Oepidally here...
1 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Apart from some of the singing, I enjoyed "The Halliday Brand" quite a bit. While I am not normally a huge western fan, the Oedipal style story is timeless.

When the story begins, Martha (Betsy Blair) is carrying on a covert relationship with a man who is half American Indian. Her father, Big Dan (Ward Bond), is a bigot and so she's been hiding this from him. When he does find out, he's predictably furious...but what happens next shocks everyone. Soon Big Dan stirs up the locals and the boyfriend is murdered. Big Dan's son, Daniel (Joseph Cotten), is furious and naturally blames his father. But Big Dan isn't finished....his infamy seems to know no bounds. Soon, however, he's pushed Daniel so hard that Daniel makes it his life's work to destroy the man.

In many ways, this reminds me of one of the greatest westerns, "The Big Country". This film also is about the father-son relationship as well as two patriarchs who are too proud to bend in any way. Both should be watched...just try to ignore the moaning lady 'singing' some of the music...that "The Halliday Brand" could do without!


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