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Broken Lance (1954, Edward Dmytryk)

TitleBroken Lance
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorEdward Dmytryk
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 36 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (derivative)


Frequently cited as a Shakespeare film, Broken Lance actually has but thin connections with King Lear. One could argue that traces of the Gloucester plot linger on in the relationship between Matt Devereux (Spencer Tracy) and his sons, three of whom are disloyal (Ben, Mike and Denny) and one loyal (Joe). There is also a kind of Cordelia figure in Judge Horace's daughter, Barbara (Jean Peters). But beyond that it's difficult to see much else of King Lear

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

MacAndrewsRobert Burton
Two MoonsEduard Franz
DennyEarl Holliman
Senora DevereuxKaty Jurado
Governor HoraceE. G. Marshall
Van ClevePhilip Ober
Mike DevereuxHugh O'Brian
BarbaraJean Peters
Clem LawtonCarl Reid
Matt DevereuxSpencer Tracy
Joe DevereuxRobert Wagner
Ben DevereuxRichard Widmark

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorEdward Dmytryk
DirectorHenry Weinberger
ProducerSol C. Siegel
EditorDorothy Spencer
ComposerLeigh Harline
ComposerLionel Newman
ComposerEdward B. Powell
Adaptor/TranslatorRichard Murphy
ScreenplayPhilip Yordan
CostumesCharles Le Maine
MakeupBen Nye
HairHelen Turpin
SoundRoger Heman
SoundW. D. Rick
PhotographyJoe MacDonald
ProductionMaurice Ransford
ProductionLyle Wheeler
SetStuart Reiss
SetWalter M. Scott
Special EffectsRay Kellogg

Company Overview

Costumes Travilla

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell