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Sierra (1950)

Hiding in the mountains from the law, father and son break wild horses until a lost female lawyer joins them to help clear their name but some would rather see them dead.

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Ring Hassard
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Lonesome
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Jeff Hassard
Richard Rober ...
Big Matt Rango
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Brent Coulter (as Anthony Curtis)
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Sam Coulter
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Duke Lafferty
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Dr. Hank Robbins
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Aunt Susan
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Sheriff Knudsen
Gregg Martell ...
Tom Hogan
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Mrs. Jonas
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Judge Prentiss
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Jed Coulter
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Ring Hassard and father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie because Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. But things change when they take in a lost young lady, Riley Martin, who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is injured, Ring runs afoul of horse thieves and the law, and Riley (who turns out to be a lawyer) labors to clear the Hassards; but others would prefer them dead. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1 June 1950 (USA)  »

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Bandidos en la sierra  »

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Trivia

Final film of Sara Allgood. See more »

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The herd of 500 horses is barely even 100 horses. See more »

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Featured in Biography: Audie Murphy: Great American Hero (1996) See more »

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END OF THE ROAD
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Burl Ives
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Fugitive mustangers
12 November 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sierra is an unpretentious little western that paired Mr.&Mrs. Audie Murphy at the time, Audie and his leading lady Wanda Hendrix. Audie is cast in the first of many roles as a callow western youth who was raised by his father Dean Jagger who is a fugitive from the law.

Way back when Jagger was charged with the murder of Sara Allgood's husband and fled to the high Sierra country where he raised his son and now both make a living catching young wild mustangs of which there are plentiful in the Sierra foothills.

Hendrix is a rarity for the time, a female attorney who might gain acceptance back east, but in the rough and testosterone driven west is finding it hard to get clients. Audie and Dean might be the way to break into the man's world of the court, but both them are fighting their own sexist nature and don't take her advice.

There's a nice part in Sierra for Richard Robert who would die two years later in an automobile crash cutting short a promising career as a film villain. Tony Curtis has a small role as the son of another fugitive whose family teams up with Murphy and Jagger.

In his memoirs Tony Curtis says that soon afterward the tempestuous two year marriage of Murphy and Hendrix broke up. He tried to date Hendrix but Murphy was a jealous man with a bad case of post traumatic stress courtesy of the late World War and all the action where Audie Murphy became our most decorated soldier. Curtis describes himself as young and stupid and thinking not with his brain. He made it a point to avoid Audie for years afterward.

Best of all is Burl Ives, a hermit who lives close to Murphy and Jagger and who has some nice ballads to sing in Sierra.

Sierra is a nice western, made better with Burl Ives and his singing.


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