Silver Lode

Overview

Next to Slightly Scarlet, Silver Lode is the best of the many 1950s collaborations between producer Benedict Bogaeus and director Allan Dwan. Clearly inspired by High Noon, the story covers three hours in the lives of a group of westerners. As the townsfolk prepare for the Fourth of July celebration, stranger Dan Duryea rides into view, followed by three tough-looking hombres. Duryea claims to be as US marshal, and further claims that he has a warrant for the arrest of the town popular sheriff, John Payne. A few ...
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Overview

Next to Slightly Scarlet, Silver Lode is the best of the many 1950s collaborations between producer Benedict Bogaeus and director Allan Dwan. Clearly inspired by High Noon, the story covers three hours in the lives of a group of westerners. As the townsfolk prepare for the Fourth of July celebration, stranger Dan Duryea rides into view, followed by three tough-looking hombres. Duryea claims to be as US marshal, and further claims that he has a warrant for the arrest of the town popular sheriff, John Payne. A few hours away from his marriage to Lizabeth Scott, Payne assumes that no one will believe the troublemaking Duryea, and that his spotless record will speak for itself. But since it is impossible to confirm or deny Duryea's allegations, the seeds of doubt are planted in the minds of the townspeople, and before long virtually all of Payne's "friends" have turned against him. It soon becomes clear to the movie audience that Duryea is lying, especially after he guns down one of his own men. But Duryea is able to pin the blame of the killing on Payne, and in a twinkling the sheriff is a hunted man. The only person willing to give Payne the benefit of the doubt is town trollop Dolores Moran Mrs. Benedict Bogeaus, who hides the sheriff while telegrapher Frank Sully tries to find out if Duryea is telling the truth. Building slowly and methodically to a slam-bang climax, Silver Lode is an above-average psychological western--and, like many "guilt by supsicion" films of the 1950s, a thinly veiled attack on McCarthyism. Best line: when Duryea bursts into Dolores' boudoir to see if Payne is hiding under the bed, she moans "Oh, what is this? A French farce?"
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Special Features

A retrospective of John Payne; Allan Dwan - "Sherwwod forest to the sands of Iwo Jima"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • UPC: 089859858420
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Academy Aperture (1.37:1)
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,491

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lizabeth Scott Rose Evans
Dan Duryea Ned McCarthy
Dolores Moran Dolly
Emile G. Meyer Sheriff Wooley
Frank Sully Paul Herbert
John Payne Dan Ballard
Robert Warwick Judge Cranston
John Hudson Michael "Mitch" Evans
Harry Carey Jr. Johnson
Alan Hale Jr. Kirk
Stuart Whitman Wickers
Morris Ankrum Zachary Evans
Florence Auer Mrs. Elmwood
Roy Gordon Dr. Elmwood
Edgar Barrier Taylor
Sheila Bromley Townswoman
Al Haskell Deputy
Margo Woode
Paul Birch Rev. Field
Lane Chandler Man at fire
Joe Devlin Walt Little
John Dierkes Blacksmith
Frank Ellis Searcher
Byron Foulger Prescott
William Haade Searcher
Myron Healey Rider
I. Stanford Jolley Searcher
Burt Mustin Spectator
Gene Roth Townsman
Ralph Sanford Joe, bartender
Al Hill Townsman
Barbara Woodell Townswoman
Technical Credits
Allan Dwan Director
John Alton Cinematographer
Benedict E. Bogeaus Producer
Leon Chooluck Executive Producer
Karen de Wolf Screenwriter
Louis Forbes Score Composer
James Leicester Editor
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Silver Lode
1. Intro [1:39]
2. Where's Dan Ballard? [2:33]
3. Wedding [6:55]
4. Legally [7:21]
5. The Judge [8:08]
6. A Drink [7:15]
7. A Quiet Place to Think [8:06]
8. Johnson Talked [7:02]
9. Move! [8:21]
10. Funeral [5:59]
11. He's In There [5:57]
12. Bell Rung! [7:43]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Silver Lode
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   Scenes
   Extras
      Allan Dwan-Sherwood to the Sands of Iwo Jima By Joel Blumberg
      John Payne- By Joel Blumberg
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