The Broken Star

The Broken Star is a 1956 American Western film directed by Lesley Selander and written by John C. Higgins. The film stars Howard Duff, Lita Baron, Bill Williams, Douglas Fowley, Henry Calvin, Addison Richards, Joel Ashley and John Pickard. The film was released in April 1956, by United Artists.[1][2]

The Broken Star
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLesley Selander
Produced byHoward W. Koch
Written byJohn C. Higgins
StarringHoward Duff
Lita Baron
Bill Williams
Douglas Fowley
Henry Calvin
Addison Richards
Joel Ashley
John Pickard
Music byPaul Dunlap
CinematographyWilliam Margulies
Edited byJohn F. Schreyer
Bel-Air Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • April 1956 (1956-04)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States


A deputy marshall (Smeed) kills a ranch hand and steals a sack of gold. He claims it was a fair fight but the marshal of Arizona's Southern Territory (Forrester) has his doubts. Unknown to Smeed, there was a witness to the murder (Nachez). While the investigation unfolds, Smeed tries to cover up the evidence and eliminate people who can implicate him.

Another deputy (Gentry), who has always admired Smeed, defends him to his girlfriend (Alvarado) but is astonished when Alvarado translates the written eyewitness account (from the Spanish) by Nachez. Smeed kidnaps Nachez, taking him to a mine, where he kills him and hides the body. Gentry shows up at the mine but is over-powered by Smeed, tied up, and left to be buried in a cave-in caused by Smeed setting a charge.

The marshal arrives with his posse and hunts down Smeed inside the mine, using an alternate entry. In the meantime, Gentry, who survives the cave-in, unties himself and joins the hunt. The posse corners Smeed, who draws first, and is killed by Gentry. In the closing scene, Gentry (with his new bride, Alvarado), is presented with a new badge by Forrester and congratulated for being appointed to the position of marshal of Arizona's Northern Territory.



  1. "The Broken Star". TV Guide. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. "The Broken Star (1956) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
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