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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!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1959 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel dans la boue See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

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

Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans: How about it, Tom? Just one winter huntin' wolves and we'll have more and quicker money than six months on the trail. You kill a buffalo, then you poison the meat with strychnine. Then you wait till the wolf that feeds on it dies of the cramps.
Tom Ping: Mm-mm. It's quick money, kid, but it's dirty.
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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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"People get changed. Nobody ends like he started."
27 October 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Lat Evans (Don Murray) is an ambitious lonesome cowboy who is figuring on hanging around for a while in Fort Brock, Montana… He is a good name back home… He is out to make it mean something here… He saves some money and wants to buy a ranch… So he went to the bank to see about making a loan… But Marshal Conrad (Albert Dekker) can't afford to back gamblers… For him, it's too much of a risk… He advises Lat to get himself some security—a piece of land, a deed, something to put up—then they'll talk about a loan…

But Callie (Lee Remick), the dance hall girl, who is doing it to keep him with her, gave him her savings—with the promise to pay it back— to buy the ranch he wants…

Meantime another girl appears, the pretty Joyce (Patricia Owens)… She's the niece of the banker… Tidy, educated, she has been to college and all that… Of course Lat owes his start to Callie but he got to finish by himself… What he wants is a starched wife and a starched home and a starched reputation and Callie is spoiling his chances of getting it…

Murray is fine as the man with a future… He doubts if he goes in there his political chances are finished…

Lee Remick hasn't cared for anybody in such a long time… She's honest enough to say she's not worth risking anything for…

Richard Egan is the man who breaks his word, double-crosses his friends and beats up his woman…

Filmed in CinemaScope and color, this big-scale Western is very entertaining with enough action around…


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