Branded (1950)

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    Plot Summary
    Twenty-five years ago the Lavery baby was kidnapped. Bad guy Leffingwell
    gets Choya to impersonate the son to gain the Lavery estate. When he finally fesses up to his
    "sister" Ruth she is furious.To redeem himself he sets out to find the real son.
    Written by Ed Stephan

    Alan Ladd ... Choya
    Mona Freeman ... Ruth Lavery
    Charles Bickford ... Mr. Lavery
    Robert Keith ... T. Jefferson Leffingwell
    Joseph Calleia ... Rubriz
    Peter Hansen ... Tonio
    Selena Royle ... Mrs. Lavery
    Tom Tully ...Ransom
    John Berkes ... Tattoo
    Milburn Stone ... Dawson
    Martin Garralaga ... Hernandez
    Edward Clark ... Dad Travis
    John Butler ... Spig
    and many more...

    Rudolph Maté

    Writing Credits
    Sydney Boehm ... (screenplay) and
    Cyril Hume ... (screenplay)
    Max Brand ... (novel) (as Evan Evans)
    Frederick Hazlitt Brennan ... (contract writer) (uncredited)
    Winston Miller ... (contract writer) (uncredited)

    Mel Epstein

    Music by
    Roy Webb

    Charles Lang
    W. Wallace Kelley

    "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 28, 1952
    with Mona Freeman reprising her film role.

    When Alan Ladd's character is washing up (takes his shirt off to reveal the fake birthmark)
    after riding the unbroken horse, he uses a faucet from a modern pressurized water system rather than a period hand pump.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Globe, Arizona, USA
    Portal, Arizona, USA
    Salt River Canyon, Arizona, USA
    San Simon, Arizona, USA
    Douglas, Arizona, USA
    Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
    Monogram Ranch - 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, Newhall, California, USA
    Dragoon Mountains, Arizona, USA
    Slaughter Ranch, Douglas, Arizona, USA
    Cave Creek Canyon, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, USA
    Skeleton Canyon, Arizona, USA
    Tortilla Flat, Arizona, USA
    Superstition Wilderness, Arizona, USA
    Reavis Ranch, Arizona, USA
    Fish Creek, Arizona, USA
    Tonto National Forest, Arizona, USA
    Kanab Canyon, Kanab, Utah, USA

    Watch the Movie



    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Branded is a 1950 Technicolor western film starring
    Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman,Charles Bickford, and Robert Keith.
    It was adapted from the novel Montana Rides by Max Brand under pen name Evan Evans.
    A gunfighter on the run from the law is talked into posing as the long-lost son of a wealthy rancher.

    Original Novel
    The film was based on the 1933 novel Montana Rides. It was written by Max Brand as Evan Evans.
    (The year before RKO had released a Tom Keene Western called Montana Rides but the plot was different.

    The novel concerned a gunman, Montana, aka Arizona Kid, aka Mexico Kid,
    who impersonates the missing son of cattle magnate Richard Lavery.
    It turns out the real son is raised by a local outlaw, Meteo Rubriz.
    The New York Times called it "an exceptionally absorbing an exciting tale."
    The Los Angeles Times called it a "swinging, lilting Western... written with incredibly quiet savagery."

    The novel was so popular it led to a sequel, Montana Rides Again.
    In this, the Montana Kid is lured into Mexico by bandit Mateo Rubriz and Friar Pacaul,
    who decide to steal an emerald from the governor which had been looted from a church.

    In 1948 Hedda Hopper announced that Winston Miller sold the story to Paramount,
    who would make it as a vehicle for Alan Ladd, with Miller to write the script and Robert Fellows to produce.

    Leslie Fenton was originally set to direct.Fenton was then assigned to make The Jewell,
    so the film was handed to Rudolph Mate. Mel Epstein became the producer.

    In March 1950 the film was retitled Branded.

    The movie was mostly shot on location in Arizona, in the border country near Douglas.
    Locations included Salt River Canyon, in the Dragoon Mountains, at the Slaughter Ranch and Cave Tree Canyon.

    User Review

    Thanks to a strong story and some enthusiastic performances, "Branded" remains as one of Alan Ladd's top westerns…
    26 October 2008 | by Righty-Sock (Mexico)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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