Silver Lode (1954)





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In this western, a damper is put on Dan Ballard's wedding day when a group of marshals ride into town claiming he is wanted for murder. As Dan attempts to prove his innocence, he struggles to remain out of the clutches of the phony lawmen.
Action & Adventure , Western
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John Payne
as Dan Ballard
Dan Duryea
as Ned McCarthy
Lizabeth Scott
as Rose Evans
Emile G. Meyer
as Sheriff Wooley
Morris Ankrum
as Zachary Evans
John Hudson
as Michael `Mitch' Evans
Robert Warwick
as Judge Cranston
Stuart Whitman
as Wickers
Frank Sully
as Paul Herbert
Paul Birch
as Rev. Field
Florence Auer
as Mrs. Elmwood
Roy Gordon
as Dr. Elmwood
Edgar Barrier
as Taylor
Al Hill
as Townsman
Gene Roth
as Townsman
Al Haskell
as Deputy
William Haade
as Searcher
Frank Ellis
as Searcher
Barbara Woodell
as Townswoman
Sheila Bromley
as Townswoman
Lane Chandler
as Man at fire
Joe Devlin
as Walt Little
Burt Mustin
as Spectator
John Dierkes
as Blacksmith
Byron Foulger
as Prescott
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Critic Reviews for Silver Lode

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

In its understated lucidity, this 1954 Western, directed by Allan Dwan, is one of the greatest.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

A daylight nightmare staged in real time, the deceptively modest Silver Lode has a dynamism and ingenuity that outclass the stolidity of many more established features.

Full Review… | June 9, 2010
Slant Magazine

The usually inexpressive John Payne is excellent as the tarnished hero Allan Dwan's sturdy 1954 western that twists into a nightmare of victimization and mob hysteria.

Full Review… | May 28, 2010
Parallax View

Along with the unique Passion (1954), this is my favorite of Dwan's Westerns.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

This anti-McCarthyism western was inspired by High Noon, only it's more explicit.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Silver Lode


Feels like it's missing something, maybe I got an edited version since the run time I watched was only 77 minutes, not 92. Or maybe this page is wrong.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

Only okay western with Lizabeth Scott miscast as the sweet young thing.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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