Broken Lance

Broken Lance

Edward Dmytryk (1954)

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In this splendid 20th Century-Fox CinemaScope western, a magnificently grizzled Spencer Tracy stars in the role he was born to play - King Lear. Even though the daughters have become sons, this is the (uncredited) westernisation of Shakespeare's tragedy about the royal patriarch and his disparate family. It's also a re-make of House of Strangers, the Joseph L Mankiewicz crime drama that was also re-made in the big-top setting of The Big Show. Still, despite the claims for Akira Kurosawa's Ran, this is the definitive screen version of the Bard's celebrated work, and the western setting provides a dimension of grandeur: it's no accident, surely, that this was one of the first subjects used to show off the then new CinemaScope process.


A cattle baron's son seeks revenge on his three wayward stepbrothers for driving their father to an early grave and then seizing control of the family business he worked tirelessly to build up. Epic Western loosely based on Shakespeare's King Lear, starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark and Earl Holliman.

Cast & Crew

Matt Devereaux Spencer Tracy
Joe Devereaux Robert Wagner
Ben Devereaux Richard Widmark
Denny Devereaux Earl Holliman
Barbara Jean Peters
Senora Devereaux Katy Jurado
Two Moons Eduard Franz
Mike Devereaux Hugh O'Brian
Horace EG Marshall
Clem Lawton Carl Benton Reid
Director Edward Dmytryk
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD