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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

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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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Production Co:

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

In a 1988 interview Lee Remick called this her "least favorite" film. 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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A hard worker and a fast worker
7 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

These Thousand Hills casts Don Murray as a young cowboy who arrives in Montana broke but with an idea. Rather than have cattle feed on the open range in winter left to the elements, he wants to grow and store hay for winter feed. In order to do this he romances two women, banker's niece Patricia Owens and saloon girl Lee Remick. Murray's both a hard worker and a fast worker.

This film highlights a growing trend in the Fifties toward adult westerns. They wouldn't yet show it on television, but that Lee Remick is a prostitute is not left to any imagination. In fact even though Remick gave Murray the seed money for his ranch, Murray then objects to pal Stuart Whitman marrying one in Remick's friend Jean Willes.

And Murray's attentions to Remick among other things have made him a bad enemy in saloon owner Richard Egan. Basically you have all the ingredients of the story of These Thousand Hills.

The film really belongs to both Murray and Lee Remick who gives quite a portrayal of a battered woman, again most unusual for any picture in the Fifties let alone a western.

As entertainment the film still holds up well today, but I'd keep it from the littlest ones.


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