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The Big Land (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Western | July 1957 (Austria)
Alan Ladd stars as a Kansas cattle rancher battling the elements and corrupt cattle buyers to build a railroad spur to the Rio Grande just after the United States' Civil War.

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Chad Morgan
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Helen Jagger
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Joe Jagger
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Brog
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Kate Johnson
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Sven Johnson
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Tom Draper
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David Johnson
Jack Wrather Jr. ...
Olaf Johnson
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Dawson
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Bob Cole
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Billy Tyler
Charles Watts ...
Dick McCullough
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After the Civil War, bitterness remained between Southerners and Northerners. In order to supply eastern cities with beef, former Confederates from Texas drove their herds to the rail-heads in Missouri. After a long and hard cattle drive through the Bad Lands, former Confederate officer Chad Morgan and his partners arrive at a rail-head in Missouri where corrupt cattle buyer Brog and his gunfighter partner offer to purchase the Texans' herds for a pitiful sum. Brog knows the cattle are weakened by the long drive from Texas and cannot survive a return drive to Texas. He also knows the Texans are desperate to sell for any amount of money they can settle for. After selling their herds to crooked buyer Brog, the Texans blame their partner Chad Morgan for their misfortune. It was Chad who suggested they sell their herds in Missouri. Heartbroken, Chad splits with his partners. On a rainy night, Chad is refused lodging by embittered Northerners who still see him as a Confederate enemy. He ... Written by nufs68

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The big land was the big gamble ... They staked their gold, their women, and their lives !

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Romance | Western

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July 1957 (Austria)  »

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Buffalo Grass  »

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Final film of Julie Bishop. See more »

Quotes

Joe Jagger: Well, you know my problem. What's yours?
Chad Morgan: I should have killed a man the other day.
Joe Jagger: Killed a man? What for?
Chad Morgan: He needed it.
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Referenced in Zoku zûzûshii yatsu (1964) See more »

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I LEANED ON A MAN
Written by Leonard Rosenman and Wayne Shanklin
Sung by Bonnie Lou Williams (uncredited) dubbing for Virginia Mayo
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An undistinguished star Western!

Director Gordon Douglas, one of Warners' more versatile directors, teamed previously Ladd on 'The Iron Mistress', 'McConnell Story' and 'Santiago'...

Alan Ladd has the familiar assignment of a man of action who has seen enough of killing in the late war... He brings it off in his smoothest style...

Here, he is a six-shooter with no alternative, in a tale about cattlemen and wheat growers, who join forces in building a railroad near their land in an attempt to crush the activities of ruthless cattle-buyers... Ladd is forced to take action against Anthony Caruso and his henchman before settling down to marry the lovely Mayo and rebuild the new town...

Virginia Mayo gives the film its few moments of sensitivity in the scene where she takes out on Ladd her grief over her brother's execution...

Edmond O'Brien is cast as an educated man turned alcoholic... He is a wanderer disgusted by his cowardice, and gunned down when he makes a hopeless attempt to stand up to a heavy, bad man...

Despite a few pretentious moments, 'The Big Land' is, on the whole, an undistinguished star Western..


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