Branded (1950)

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    • Branded (1950)

      BRANDED

      DIRECTED BY RUDOLPH MATE
      MISIC BY ROY WEBB
      PARAMOUNT PICTURES

      Branded 1950 08 Alan Ladd, Robert Keith, John Berkes.JPG

      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      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

      Cast
      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...

      Directed
      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)

      Produced
      Mel Epstein

      Music by
      Roy Webb

      Cinematography
      Charles Lang
      W. Wallace Kelley

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


      Goofs
      Anachronisms
      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

      [extendedmedia] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pl6XvljA_w [/extendedmedia]
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Branded (1950)

      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.

      Production
      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.

      BRANDEDLC3B.jpg

      Development
      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.

      Shooting
      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.

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      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)

      RIGHTY wrote:

      The opening scenes set the tone of the film… Ladd, an itinerant gunman known simply as Choya and with the aid of a tattooed birthmark, passes himself off as the lost son and is accepted wholeheartedly by the parents (Bickford and Royle) and Ruth (Freeman), the man's sister…


      Ruth had responded to his arrival on the ranch as any pretty woman would respond to a mysterious, handsome stranger, but she rapidly sets right to the fact that he is a relative…

      As soon as he is welcomed as Richard Jr, however, something happens to Choya… As a member of a loving family, Choya experiences feelings denied him by his own childhood and became increasingly sickened by his contribution in the tricking…

      Leading a cattle drive to El Paso, Choya decides to give up his charade revealing his true identity to Ruth, who turns on him with consternation and antagonism… There remains only one way to redeem himself and make up for the distressing emotion he has caused the Lavery family: To find their real son…

      All the elements in "Branded" are taken directly from the straight-shooting school of Western movies… Choya, despite his confession to Ruth that he is a "four-flushin' thief," is true-blue outlaw hero… The smart Leffingwell has him classified correctly: "You won't hit an older man. You ain't the kind that'll draw first, or shoot a man in the back." Even with the rules thus outlined, Ladd still has a chance to present his standard beguiling bad guy early in the film, merely holding back a victorious smile as he pretends confusion over the elder Lavery's excited reaction to his birthmark…

      Besides its other values, "Branded" is a visual delight… In fact, the movie's one drawback as a Western entertainment is a lack of big action highlights…
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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