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A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron.

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Jim Fallon
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Alicia Chadwick
Patrice Wymore ...
Daisy Fisher / Dora Figg
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Walter 'Yukon' Burns
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Frenchy LeCroix
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Judge Crenshaw
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Sister Blackburn
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In 1900, unscrupulous timber baron Jim Fallon plans to take advantage of a new law and make millions off California redwood. Much of the land he hopes to grab has been homesteaded by a Quaker colony, who try to persuade him to spare the giant sequoias...but these are the very trees he wants most. Expert at manipulating others, Fallon finds that other sharks are at his own heels, and forms an unlikely alliance. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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california | quaker | timber | sequoia | lumber | See more »

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Action | Western

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15 August 1952 (Finland)  »

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Für eine Handvoll Geld  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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According to Kirk Douglas in his autobiography called Ragman's Son, he accepted to play in this film for free, only in order to cut the matter short with Warner Bros, to break up his contract. So that he could be free again. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, Jim Fallon appears in the window opening the divided curtain with both hands. Then the curtain on his right-hand side remains open while he holds the other part with his left hand. In the following shot from inside, the part on his right-hand side is closed. See more »

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Daisy Fisher: You stye on the eye of a flea on a thigh of a nit on the neck of a gnat!
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Far More Interesting Than The Title Implies
17 February 2008 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Kirk Douglas offered a very good performances in a movie that I really didn't expect much out of, but that turned out to be surprisingly interesting. Neither the title nor the plot gave me high hopes. The story is about the efforts of a religious community to prevent the cutting down of California's giant redwoods by a Wisconsin lumberman. It doesn't sound particularly exciting, but actually turns out to be pretty good. Douglas is the lumberman - Jim Fallon - a charismatic conniver who seems able to convince anyone of his good intentions, even while he plots to take as much advantage of them as he possibly can. There's some decent enough action, particularly the scene in which Fallon tries to rescue Sister Chadwick (Eve Miller) from the out of control train. There's also good use of humour, provided both by Douglas and Edgar Buchanan as "Yukon" Burns, who becomes first Fallon's right hand man and then his antagonist - and who actually ends up being appointed as a marshall by a local judge (Roy Roberts) who's sympathetic to the religious folk and is willing to twist and turn every law on the book to help them.

That evolution is one of the problems with the movie, however. People change too fast from good guys to bad guys, or from friends into enemies, and it's hard to really understand how the changes came upon them, which sometimes makes it hard to keep track of who's on whose side at any given time, and the final evolution of Fallon - telegraphed as it from the moment he arrives in California - is still hard to believe. I also thought that aside from Douglas and Buchanan, the performances were average at best. Still, it's not a bad watch. 6/10


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