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The Proud Rebel (1958)

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A Confederate veteran living in the Yankee North struggles with his son's shock induced muteness and the hate of the Northerners.



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Complete credited cast:
John Chandler
Linnett Moore
Harry Burleigh
David Chandler
Dr. Enos Davis (Quaker)
Jeb Burleigh (as Dean Stanton)
Tom Pittman ...
Tom Burleigh (as Thomas Pittman)
Judge Morley
Eli Mintz ...
Mr. Gorman
Traveling Salesman
James Westerfield ...
Birm Bates
King ...
Lance, David's Dog


Searching for a doctor who can help him get his son to speak again--the boy hadn't uttered a word since he saw his mother die in the fire that burned down the family home--a Confederate veteran finds himself facing a 30-day jail sentence when he's unfairly accused of starting a brawl in a small town. A local woman pays his fine, providing that he works it off on her ranch. He soon finds himself involved in the woman's struggle to keep her ranch from a local landowner who wants it--and whose sons were responsible for the man being framed for the fight. Written by

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Release Date:

2 November 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El rebelde orgulloso  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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King, the border collie who plays Lance was a Western champion sheep dog. See more »


The opening scene - supposedly Illinois - shows a tall mountain range. There are no mountains in Illinois. See more »


Mr. Gorman: Why don't you have a picture taken, Linnett, with your pretty dress and bonnet?
Linnett Moore: Well, what would I do with it?
Mr. Gorman: Look at it now and then. In ten years from now, you'll know what you looked like today.
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Classic western and story telling
8 April 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A very nice classic movie from the Golden Age of Hollywood. I disagree with another reviewer that the film is too slow. It develops and moves along fine. The trouble with todays youth, is that everything has too spill out in a minute flat as nearly everyone under 25 has A.D.H.D or is so pumped up on energy drinks. They are so impatient and snappy. That there are no real craftsmen anywhere or in any field nowadays. It is often said all new movies have 1 dimension characters. Well if you pace it slower and show the back round of the characters. You can have fully developed and believable characters. Alan Ladd did a great portrayal of the character, as he did with the Shane character in the movie of the same name, made 5 years earlier and also a western. The actor dosen't act, he becomes the character. The rest of the cast were superb as well. Olivia De Havaland played such a wholesome women. That you'd want to marry her knowing you'd last forever with her. Alan's son played his son in the film, and playing a mute boy made you think that maybe he couldn't speak. He later of course married Cheryl Ladd from Charlie's Angels series. A nice story without CGI effects and explosions and lots of unnecessary sex.

These are storybook stories that embed in peoples minds. Films from this era have been remembered for 70-80 years. How many films from last year can you recall.

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