Silver Lode (film)

Silver Lode is a 1954 American Technicolor Western film directed by Allan Dwan and starring John Payne, Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea.

Silver Lode
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAllan Dwan
Produced byBenedict Bogeaus
Screenplay byKaren DeWolf
Story byKaren DeWolf
StarringJohn Payne
Lizabeth Scott
Dan Duryea
Music byLouis Forbes
Howard Jackson
CinematographyJohn Alton
Edited byJames Leicester
Benedict Bogeaus Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • June 24, 1954 (1954-06-24) (Los Angeles, California)[1]
  • July 23, 1954 (1954-07-23) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film, with a similar plot to High Noon, tells the story of Dan Ballard (John Payne) and Rose Evans (Lizabeth Scott), who are about to be married on the Fourth of July when Marshal Fred McCarty (Dan Duryea) and his deputies ride into town looking for Ballard. McCarty accuses Ballard of having murdered his brother and has come to arrest him.

At first, the townspeople are on Ballard's side, but gradually they turn against him, especially when they believe that he has killed the town sheriff (Emile Meyer). Ballard tries to prove his innocence and expose McCarty (who appears to be a veiled reference to Senator Joseph McCarthy).



  1. "Silver Lode: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
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