Silver Lode (1954)

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    • Silver Lode (1954)



      Plot Summary
      Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode,
      has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Fred McCarty, an old acquaintance who,
      as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000.
      Ballard seeks to stall McCarty while tracking down evidence that will prove his innocence:
      but the townspeople's loyalty to him gradually begins to waver under McCarty's accusations.
      Written by David Levene

      John Payne ... Dan Ballard
      Lizabeth Scott ... Rose Evans
      Dan Duryea ... Fred McCarty
      Dolores Moran ... Dolly
      Emile Meyer ... Sheriff Wooley
      Robert Warwick ... Judge Cranston
      John Hudson ... Michael 'Mitch' Evans
      Harry Carey Jr. ... Johnson
      Alan Hale Jr. ... Kirk
      Stuart Whitman ... Wicker
      Frank Sully ... Paul Herbert, Telegrapher
      Morris Ankrum ... Zachary Evans
      Hugh Sanders ... Reverend Field
      Florence Auer ... Mrs. Elmwood
      and more...

      Allan Dwan

      Writing Credits
      Karen DeWolf ... (story) (screenplay)
      Benedict Bogeaus ... producer

      Louis Forbes
      Howard Jackson ... (uncredited)

      John Alton

      During the McCarthyism, political messages are usually cloaked in metaphors:
      for example, the name of the villain is Fred McCarty.

      Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.

      John Payne is seen throughout the film wearing black cowboy boots,
      but when his stunt double leaps aboard a wagon,
      the double is seen to wear low shoes with white socks.

      Revealing mistakes
      When Ballard hides near a haystack outside the Evans house,
      his shadow and the shadows of his pursuers fall on to the painted backdrop,
      revealing it as canvas and not a real landscape.

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      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Silver Lode is a 1954 American Technicolor Western film directed by
      Allan Dwan starring John Payne, Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea.

      User Review

      John Payne, accused of murder and robbery,
      finds the whole town turned against him and pursuing him around town
      27 June 2012 | by msroz (United States)

      msr wrote:

      Dan Duryea, with badge and warrant, comes to Silver Lode on John Payne's wedding day. His marriage to fetching and loyal Lizabeth Scott, who never looked better, is rudely interrupted by vengeful Duryea who doesn't act like a lawman. At first the townspeople are supportive of Payne

      but as events snowball they end up pursuing him all over the place.

      This is a fast-moving, athletic, exciting western with overtones of High Noon. Cinematographer John Alton has some wonderful shots. Director Allan Dwan packs lots of action into its 77 minutes.

      Dolores Moran, the helpful saloon girl, has plenty of punchy lines and delivers them with panache.

      Folks, they don't make them like this anymore, and they never will again. You can create new works of art, but you cannot possibly bring together the kinds of acting, writing, directing and all the rest that go into a movie like this. The supporting cast, for example, includes Morris Ankrum, Stuart Whitmore, Emile Meyer, suave Edgar Barrier, Harry Carey, Jr., and Robert Warwick.
      Best Wishes
      London- England