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Sierra (1950)

Approved | | Western | 1 June 1950 (USA)
Hiding in the mountains from the law, father and son break wild horses until a lost female lawyer joins them to help clear their name, but some would rather see them dead.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Stuart Hardy (novel), Edna Anhalt | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wanda Hendrix ... Riley Martin
Audie Murphy ... Ring Hassard
Burl Ives ... Lonesome
Dean Jagger ... Jeff Hassard
Richard Rober ... Big Matt Rango
Tony Curtis ... Brent Coulter (as Anthony Curtis)
Houseley Stevenson ... Sam Coulter
Elliott Reid ... Duke Lafferty
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Hank Robbins
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Susan
Roy Roberts ... Sheriff Knudsen
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Tom Hogan
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Jonas
Erskine Sanford ... Judge Prentiss
John Doucette ... Jed Coulter
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Ring Hassard and father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie because Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. But things change when they take in a lost young lady, Riley Martin, who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is injured, Ring runs afoul of horse thieves and the law, and Riley (who turns out to be a lawyer) labors to clear the Hassards; but others would prefer them dead. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Adventure ... raging to the very peaks of Excitement !

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandidos en la sierra See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Sara Allgood. See more »

Goofs

The herd of 500 horses is barely even 100 horses. See more »

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Remake of Forbidden Valley (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

DRIFT ALONG
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Burl Ives
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It will be like bedding down in a nest of rattlers!
10 September 2019 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Sierra is directed by Alfred E. Green and adapted to screenplay by Edna Anhalt from the novel "Mountains Are My Kingdom" written by Stuart Hardy. It stars Audie Murphy, Wanda Hendrix, Burl Ives, Dean Jagger and Richard Rober. Music is by Walter Scharf and the Technicolor cinematography is by Russell Metty.

1950 is right at the beginning of Audie Murphy's film career and it's a big indicator of where his genre staples were laid. Of the three Westerns he made in 1950, Sierra is the weakest, but even then it's above average and shows enough of why Murphy was such an engaging star to his fans.

Plot has Murphy and Jagger as a Son and Father living in the mountains due to Pops being on the run from the law. They survive by trapping and breaking wild horses and then use Burl Ives' prospecting troubadour type as an intermediate salesman. One day a lost lawyer from town in the form of Hendrix gets involved in the lives of the mountain duo, where a series of events then lead to Murphy having to go into town and from there things become dangerously interesting for all involved.

The location photography is outstanding, with Metty bringing visual joys from Cedar City and Cedar Breaks in Utah. The costuming (Yvonne Wood) is top draw, and how nice to see Ives in a jolly role where he warbles and strums at various junctures in the play. Murphy and Hendrix have the chemistry, even though their ill fated marriage would end this same year, and the legal axis of the narrative (intriguing court sequences with Hendrix as the defence) adds some thought into proceedings.

Unfortunately for action junkies this is not the one for you, there's some nifty horse play and stampedes, and of course some macho posturing in sync, but it's with the smart story (greenhorn young man meets city life for the first time/lady lawyer trying to make it in the male dominated West) where the pic gets its strength. In the support slots you find Tony Curtis (billed as Anthony) and James Arness, who add a bit of colour to an already lively frontline cast. 6/10


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