Lesley Selander began in the film lab back in the Silent days, and enjoyed a career that spanned 40 years and almost 200 films (then there’s tons of TV). His work in series Westerns, from the Hopalong Cassidys to those great Tim Holt pictures for RKO, shows just how good those films could be. They look great and really move.
By the mid-50s, the series Western was done, and pros like Selander found themselves looking for something to do. He wound up directing a string of medium-budget Westerns like Tall Man Riding (1955) with Randolph Scott and The Broken Star (1956). His simple style served these films well.
The Broken Star stars Howard Duff, has a script by John C. Higgins (Anthony Mann’s Border Incident, 1949) and was shot by William Marguiles (Revolt In The Big House and The Ghost And Mr. Chicken). It runs a brisk 82 minutes.