Legends of Western Cinema Week – Branded (1950)

This is part of the Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration being hosted by Hamlette of Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Heidi of Along the Brandywine, and Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell

Tnx for letting me partake Ladies, this was sooo much fun!

“Posses I can dodge. Young ladies spitting insults I can’t handle.” – Choya

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A gunfighter poses as the long lost son of a wealthy cattle rancher in order to inherit a fortune.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that moves a bit too slow for its own good.

Alan Ladd is a great actor and does a nice job here even if the story doesn’t manage to be as powerful as could be.

The idea of trying to convince someone that their long lost son has returned is done well even if things area a bit too simplistic.

The story tries to get over complicated with numerous factions popping up in order to try and make a claim of their own for this fortune, but overall, they still do a nice job with what they have.

The film has some nicely filmed action scenes, most notably the one with the stampede which can be seen as being quite thrilling due to the supposed proximity of the characters to these stampeding animals.

The supporting cats is also great with Charles Bickford, Robert Keith, Tom Tully, Mona Freeman and Peter Hansen helping to keep things moving along.

The love story aspect isn’t really necessary to the plot, but I still understand why they added it to the story regardless.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Film debut of Peter Hansen. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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One thought on “Legends of Western Cinema Week – Branded (1950)

  1. 😀 This is my favorite Alan Ladd movie. It does have kind of an unusual pacing, since it’s got two very different halves. The first time I watched it, I wasn’t at all sure what I thought of it, but the second time through, it worked way better for me. Then I could see where they were setting some things up, who certain parts needed to be in it right where they were, and so on. Glad you did enjoy it, anyway!


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