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Silver Lode - In Silver Lode, Dan Ballard is arrested by 4 Marshals for murder and theft but he denies the charges and searches for the real culprit even as the townsfolk start abandoning him.

Silver Lode (1954)
Director: Allan Dwan
Writers: Karen DeWolf (story), Karen DeWolf (screenplay)
Stars: John Payne, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 4 March 1955 (West Germany)
Also Known As: Stad i panik
Filming Locations: Republic Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Fred McCarty, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000. Ballard seeks to stall McCarty while tracking down evidence that will prove his innocence: but the townspeople's loyalty to him gradually begins to waver under McCarty's accusations.

"The action starts with Dan and three other riders (Harry Carey Jr and Alan Hale Jr for gosh sakes... you know you're in for a good time) riding into the town of Silver Lode on forth of July. They're looking for the man named "Dan Ballard" but everyone they ask gives them the cold shoulder, one remarks they know a gunfighter when they see one. Turns out Dan is a federal marshal named Ned McCarty (other reviews have noted the McCarthy similarity and I agree with them on that) come to take Ballard -- solidly played by John Payne -- prisoner back to California for a murder rap. The victim is, it turns out, McCarty's brother and there is also a matter of $20,000 stolen at the same time.

At first the town's people are solidly behind Ballard but gradually they come around to bow McCarty's assumed authority and turn against Ballard. This is done rather well, not nearly as heavy handedly as might be. Many reviewers have noted the similarity to "High Noon", it's sort of a "High Noon" in reverse. While that's mighty high company the comparison is not out of line and the wonderful direction of Allan Dwan makes up for the lower production values. This is a good story, well made and worth looking for." Written by smorrow2-1 on

"Some have claimed how "impossible" it is not to compare this with "High Noon". I haven't seen "Noon" in years but this film was fresh in every way. Just to think of it - here is a collaborator with D. W. Griffith who has made more films during his successful career than any ten directors combined - and many of them Westerns! He was wowing audiences with his technical know-how long before "High Noon" was a twinkling in anyone's eye. How much the villain and McCarthy have in common is more in the domain of the scriptwriter than the director, perhaps - after all, the scriptwriters got the shaft more often than anybody else during the witch hunts. This is a lively tale and it moves quickly. The colors are wonderful and the tracking shots vivid. Come to think of it, I might just prefer it. It doesn't talk itself to death, but neither do the other Dwan films I've seen over the years." Written by cstotlar-1 on

Also Known As (AKA):
(original title): Silver Lode
Austria: Stadt der Verdammten
Belgium (French title): Noces rouges
Belgium (Flemish title): Rode bruiloft
Brazil: Homens Indomáveis
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title): Сребърната жила
Canada (English title): Silver Lode
Denmark: Liv for liv
Finland: Ratsastavat hurjat
Finland (Swedish title): Ridande desperados
Finland (Swedish title) (TV title): Stad i panik
France: Quatre étranges cavaliers
Greece (transliterated title): Sklavoi tou misous
Italy: La campana ha suonato
Japan (Japanese title): 逮捕命令
Netherlands: Amok in Silver Lode
Norway: Desperate menn
Poland: Co się zdarzyło w Silver Lode
Portugal: Falsa Justiça
Romania: Silver Lode
Soviet Union (Russian title): Серебряная жила
Spain: Filón de plata
Sweden: Stad i panik
Turkey (Turkish title): Kanlı düğün
UK: Silver Lode
USA (working title): Desperate Men
USA (working title): Four Desperate Men
West Germany: Stadt der Verdammten
Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title): Zlatna zica


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