Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
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The Bitter Land 

Sarah Jolland hires war hero Cleve Scott as foreman of her ranch. But her real plan is to use his gun skills in fighting a range war with a neighboring rancher over water rights, an idea ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Leonard William Moran (television story), Barney Slater (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peggy Wood ... Sarah Jolland
Dan O'Herlihy ... Capt. Cleve Scott
Marian Seldes ... Alicia Jolland
Jan Merlin ... Jeff Batterson
Robert Anderson ... Tucker (as Bob Anderson)
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Morgan Batterson
Richard Beymer ... Shep Jolland
Dick Powell ... Himself - Host
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Sarah Jolland hires war hero Cleve Scott as foreman of her ranch. But her real plan is to use his gun skills in fighting a range war with a neighboring rancher over water rights, an idea Scott does not like. Sarah is even willing to risk her grandson in the showdown, much to the distress of her daughter-in-law. Written by rbecker28

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Predictable range war with weird ending
24 January 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the great names of the musical stage going back to the teen years of the last century Peggy Wood guest stars in this Zane Grey Theater story. I wish they had given Wood better material.

She's Barbara Stanwyck here, running the Big Valley and she and neighbor Fay Roope are having a dispute over a spring that borders the property. She wants it all, Roope wants it all and Roope's son is a good gun.

So Wood goes out and hires Dan O'Herlihy, war hero and gunfighter and o'Herlihy says no gunfighting and she agrees. Besides he's got history with Marian Seldes Wood's daughter-in-law and her son Richard Beymer is the last male in the clan.

I'm not sure why she hired O'Herlihy and why O'Herlihy just didn't walk away from this crazy situation. You knew what was going to happen, but Wood's reaction makes no sense at all. In fact her character really makes no sense.

Wood is best remembered by film fans for playing the Mother Abbess in Sound Of Music. Better that than this.


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