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These Thousand Hills (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 8 May 1959 (Finland)
An ambitious cowboy will stop at nothing to get what he wants, including using the affections of two women.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Alfred Hayes (screenplay), A.B. Guthrie Jr. (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Murray ... Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans
Richard Egan ... Jehu
Lee Remick ... Callie
Patricia Owens ... Joyce
Stuart Whitman ... Tom Ping
Albert Dekker ... Marshal Conrad
Harold J. Stone ... Ram Butler
Royal Dano ... Ike Carmichael
Jean Willes ... Jen
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Storyline

Cowpokes Lat Evans and Tom Ping join a cattle drive to Wyoming. There, they win good money in a horse race and they decide to remain in town. In the local saloon, Evans befriends saloon girl Callie. Jehu, an unscrupulous rancher who uses Callie's services, resents Evans. Later, Evans and Tom Ping go into the hills to hunt wolves for their hides. During the harsh winter, the two friends encounter hard times and argue. They agree to split. Evans is attacked by a small group of Indians bent on stealing his horse. The Indians shoot Evans but the shot is heard by Ping who returns to save Evans from sure death. He takes the wounded Evans to the nearby town where Evans recuperates during the following months at Callie's home. In the spring, Evans is restless to become successful and asks the local banker, Marshal Conrad, for a loan to start his own cattle ranch. Callie gives Evans her life savings to help him secure a loan. He makes Tom Ping his partner. Evans' fortunes improve when his ... Written by nufs68

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All the fire . . . power . . . drama . . . of A.B. Guthrie's monumental best-seller!

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Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1959 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Aceste mii de dealuri See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,645,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~9.8 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.2 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Jehu: I was figuring on a... on a quiet supper.
Callie: Not tonight.
Jehu: Well, now, that's twice today I bet on the wrong animal.
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Connections

Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

These Thousand Hills
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Randy Sparks
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from cowboy to politician
17 January 2017 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A western about a cowboy who rises up the social ladder to become a respected rancher and later a Montana politician, who seems to become more of a hypocrite with each step up. Don Murray, who plays the lead role, dumps Lee Remick as a saloon girl for Patricia Owens who plays the wholesome daughter of one of the town's prominent leaders. Dumping Remick for Owens seems to signify Murray's embrace of and acceptance into the town's Christian and social establishment, and his abandonment of his cowboy social outcast pal played by Stuart Whitman. Richard Egan occupies the film's bad guy role as Remick's abusive ex-boyfriend, and unscrupulous rancher. A classic example of a 1950s western with modern themes set amongst the beauty of the old West.


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