GenreWestern Costume designAdele Palmer CountryUnited States
Release dateNovember 7, 1952 (1952-11-07) (Premiere-New York City)
November 11, 1952 (1952-11-11) (US) WriterM. Coates Webster (story), Howard Welsch (story), Horace McCoy (screenplay), Norman S. Hall (screenplay) CastJane Russell (Belle Starr), Forrest Tucker (Mac), George Brent (Tom Bradfield), Scott Brady (Bob Dalton), Andy Devine (Pete Bivins), Jack Lambert (Ringo) Similar moviesBelle Starr, The Belle Starr Story
TaglineBEAUTIFUL and NOTORIOUS!...and born to make trouble for men!
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Montana Belle is a 1952 Trucolor Western film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Jane Russell. The story is a fictionalised biography of Montana outlaw Belle Starr.
Oklahoma outlaw Belle Starr meets the Dalton gang when rescued from lynching by Bob Dalton, who falls for her. So do gang member Mac and wealthy saloon owner Tom Bradfield, who's enlisted in a bankers' scheme to trap the Daltons. Dissension among the gang and Bradfield's ambivalence complicate the plot, as Belle demonstrates her prowess with shootin' irons, horses, and as a saloon entertainer.
Jane Russell as Belle Starr
George Brent as Tom Bradfield
Scott Brady as Bob Dalton
Forrest Tucker as Mac
Andy Devine as Pete Bivins
Jack Lambert as Ringo
John Litel as Matt Towner
Ray Teal as Emmett Dalton
Rory Mallinson as Great Dalton
Roy Barcroft as Jim Clark
Ned Davenport as Bank clerk
Dick Elliott as Jeptha Rideout
Gene Roth as Marshall Ripple
Stanley Andrews as Marshall Combs
Shot between late October and late November 1948, this film was intended to be issued by Republic Pictures. In April 1949, Howard Welsch, who had produced the movie for his company, Fidelity Pictures, sold the negative to RKO for $875,000, about $225,000 above the picture's cost. Finally, this Western obtained a Manhattan debut at the Broadway Palace Theatre on November 7, 1952.