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.
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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
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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 »
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 »
[after the Marshal and his deputy were placed in a jail cell by bandits]
Some deputy you are, sitting there reading the newspaper. You're under arrest!
[Marshal rips off the deputy's badge]
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Originally filmed in Trucolor, but black and white prints also exist (still bearing the Trucolor credit). See more »
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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