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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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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
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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Warm Lips...Hot Lead! See more »


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Trivia

Shot between late October and late November 1948, this was intended to be issued by Republic. In April 1949 Howard Welsch, who had produced the movie for his company, Fidelity Pictures, sold the negative to RKO for $875,000, about $225,000 above the picture's cost. Finally, this western debuted in Manhattan at the Palace Theatre on November 7, 1952. 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 the Marshal and his deputy were placed in a jail cell by bandits]
Marshal Ripple: Some deputy you are, sitting there reading the newspaper. You're under arrest!
[Marshal rips off the deputy's badge]
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Version of Belle Starr (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon
(1892) (uncredited)
Written by James Thornton
Sung by Jane Russell and Barbershop Quartet
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It's Belle S. vs. those dirty Daltons!
24 July 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Here's an odd one: sexy Jane Russell as western sharp-shooter Belle Starr, here competing with rivals The Dalton Gang. Movie opens with fruity bravado, but don't expect a camp-fest. Things gets surprisingly serious in the film's second-half, leading to a curiously downbeat conclusion. Very strange, and not particularly successful. Worth a look for the curio value alone. Supporting players George Brent and Forrest Tucker take turns getting out of Jane's way; Russell poses, pouts and scowls as Belle, her high-point coming in a crowded saloon where she warbles "The Gilded Lily". ** from ****


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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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