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Branded ★★½ 1950

Ladd (pre-”Shane”) impersonates the long-gone son of rich rancher Bickford, with unusual results. Nicely balanced action and love scenes makes this story a better-than-average western. Filmed in Technicolor. Based on the novel “Montana Rides” by Max Brand. 95m/C VHS, DVD . Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, Joseph Calleia, Milburn Stone; D: Rudolph Mate.