The Halliday Brand (1957)

The Halliday Brand (1957)





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In this gritty western, told via flashback, a young man endeavors to escape the domination of his father, a corrupt sheriff for whom the boy has lost all respect. He runs away, but later returns to find that nothing has changed when he sees his father turn away from the lynching of the boy's sister's lover. The son begins to actively rebel against his dad, and this causes him to be branded an outlaw.
Drama , Western
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United Artists


Joseph Cotten
as Daniel Halliday
Jay C. Flippen
as Chad Burris
Ward Bond
as Big Dan Halliday
Bill Williams
as Clay Halliday
Glenn Strange
as Townsman
Betsy Blair
as Martha Halliday
Viveca Lindfors
as Aleta Burris
John Dierkes
as Reverend
Christopher Dark
as Jivaro Burris
George Lynn
as Townsman
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Critic Reviews for The Halliday Brand

All Critics (3)

Just as [Lewis] made Gun Crazy (1949) into a psychosexual masterpiece, he likewise makes The Halliday Brand into something more than a workaday Western.

Full Review… | July 24, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Strange, socially conscious Western.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

A superior western that never got the attention it should have.

Full Review… | April 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Halliday Brand


A man must step out from his father’s shadow A local town sheriff has been credited with developing his town from a couple houses in the woods to a stabilized western community. The sheriff accomplished this by forming a truce with the Indians and executing swift justice. As the sheriff gets old enough to retire, his two sons are at the age where they could replace him and his daughter is at the marrying age. Despite the sheriff’s history, he has issues with one of his sons refusing to take his place and his daughter wanting to marry an Indian. Will the sheriff’s stubbornness destroy the family? “I’m giving the orders and you’re taking them.” Joseph H. Lewis, director of Terror in a Texas Town, A Lawless Street, Gun Crazy, Cry of the Hunted, Border Wolves, and The Silver Bullet, delivers The Halliday Brand. The storyline for this picture is fascinating and well delivered. The content is interesting and delivers an interesting perspective of the Wild West. The cast includes Joseph Cotton, Betsy Blair, and Stanford Jolley. “You don’t get confessions by just asking questions.” I happened to catch this movie while flicking through the channels last night on EWest. I always enjoy catching old westerns on this channel and was surprised at how original this film’s plot was for the genre. This is an underrated western and worth watching for fans of the genre. “Pistol-whip the innocent the same as the guilty.” Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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