Broken Lance (Twilight Time, $29.95)


The spoiled first three sons—Richard Widmark, Hugh O’Brian and Earl Holliman—
of Spencer Tracy’s cattleman character can’t abide their half-breed, half-brother Robert Wagner, or their Cheyenne stepmother played by Katy Jurado, in this fascinating family drama that won writer Philip Yordan an Oscar. Cinematographer Joe MacDonald made unforgettably beautiful use of Technicolor and Cinemascope in this 1954 Western, and Edward Dmytryk directed the seething passions with panache. The release includes illuminating commentary by Holliman.

Henry C. Parke is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles, California, who blogs about Western movies, TV, radio and print news: