Broken Lance

Robert Wagner and a painting of Spencer Tracy in Broken Lance (dir. Edward Dmytryk, 1954).

Stately technicolor western that is almost sort of but not really a retelling of King Lear. Some relatively sophisticated thematics of race, class, and gender (okay, maybe there's nothing that remarkable about the gender thematics). An especially deft race/class interface voiced by Jean Peters to "half-breed" Robert Wagner: "I thought you were worried about being an Indian; you just don't like being Irish."

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