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The Wild and the Innocent (1959)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 27 May 1959 (USA)
In Wyoming, mountain trapper Yancy goes to the nearest town to trade his pelts but gets into trouble when he tries to save runaway saloon girl Rosalie from her shameful job.

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Jack Sher

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Sy Gomberg (screenplay), Jack Sher (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Yancy
Joanne Dru ... Marcy Howard
Gilbert Roland ... Paul Bartell
Sandra Dee ... Rosalie
Jim Backus ... Cecil Forbes
Peter Breck ... Chip Miller
Wesley Marie Tackitt ... Ma Ransome (as WesleyTackitt)
Strother Martin ... Ben Stocker
George Mitchell ... Uncle Lije
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Mrs. Forbes
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Charming tale of mountaineer-trapper Murphy's first taste "big city" life with young, sweet Sandra Dee in tow. She flees her family, which tried to trade her for some of Murphy's beaver pelts, and tags along with the reluctant Murphy. They get into all manner of trouble in town, and Murphy has to shoot the sheriff to rescue Dee from her job as a dancehall girl. Written by <rita.richardson@arch2.nara.gov>

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The wild and wonderful story of the exciting young frontier !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Buckskin Kid and the Calico Gal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Was originally titled The Wild Innocents. See more »

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TOUCH OF PINK
Written by Diane Lampert and Richard Loring
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Too gritty and realistic for modern age dorks
26 September 2018 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This is a good example of why older Westerns, pretty much before 1965, were grittier and more credible than the ones that showed modern day dorks in the old West.

The movie seems light hearted, yet mixes in the grit just the way it fits in real life, in ways uncomfortable. Audie Murphy plays a very real character, a backwoods nineteenth century trapper who ventures into the big city. His "good eyesight" becomes critical as the film continues. Indeed, good eyesight is something of great value in the old West, and it makes the two main male characters what they are.

The supporting characters are also very believable for nineteenth century characters. A great diversion from the usual garbage that made you think more that the actors were playing video games off set. Fortunately, there has been a resurgence of the reality and grit that made the fifties great.

The "mood" comes across very clear and works great. The old West city struggles between civilization and savagery, as we see in the way the store owner played by Jim Backus behaves. The store owner depicts pretty much the status quo of the town.

This film has a lot going for it, particularly in believable character motivation.


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