The Broken Star (1956)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Hybrid Western, Detective Film  |   Release Date - Apr 1, 1956 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Director Lesley Selander, a western specialist with humble ambitions whose work has fostered a minor cult, was the man behind the megaphone in Broken Star. Bill Williams stars as a deputy sheriff who encounters stiff resistance when he investigates the murder of a Mexican. Only dance hall girl Lita Baron and marshal Addison Richards seem interested in bringing the culprit to justice. When Williams locates the guilty man, he wishes he hadn't; it turns out to be his best friend and fellow deputy Howard Duff. Striking a blow for tolerance (in standard western terms, of course), Broken Star is a solid medium-budget job from a modest but talented craftsman.

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sheriff, dance-hall-girl, deputy, friendship, gold, investigation, lawman, murder, outlaw [Western], resistance, robbery, expose [revelation], justice, marshal