Montana Belle

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Montana Belle
Montana Belle FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Allan Dwan
Produced by Howard Welsch
Screenplay by Horace McCoy
Norman S. Hall
Story by M. Coates Webster
Howard Welsch
Starring Jane Russell
Music by Nathan Scott
Cinematography Jack A. Marta
Edited by Arthur Roberts
Fidelity-Vogue Pictures
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 7, 1952 (1952-11-07) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • November 11, 1952 (1952-11-11) (US)[1]
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US)[2]

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.



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.


  1. ^ a b "Montana Belle: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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