Wild Heritage (1958)

 |  Western  |  August 1958 (USA)
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The Breslins (Jake, Emma, three boys, and nubile daughter) cross the plains in a covered wagon, then pause in a lawless western town where Jake is shot by gunslingers Arn and Jud. But ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Rogers Jr. ...
Judge Copeland
Emma Breslin
Dirk Breslin
Casey Tibbs ...
Rusty (Trail Boss)
Judi Meredith ...
Callie Bascomb (as Judy Meredith)
Jesse Bascomb
George Winslow ...
Talbot Breslin
'Missouri' Breslin
Hugh Adam David Breslin
Ma (Janet) Bascomb
Paul Birch ...
Jake Breslin
John Beradino ...
Arn, (Rustler)
Phil Harvey ...
Jud (Rustler)
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Josh Burrage
Stephen Ellsworth ...
Bolivar Bascomb


The Breslins (Jake, Emma, three boys, and nubile daughter) cross the plains in a covered wagon, then pause in a lawless western town where Jake is shot by gunslingers Arn and Jud. But folksy Judge Copeland persuades them to go on. At Break Wagon Hill, their wagon does the obvious and they homestead on the spot. We follow their trials and joys and those of neighbors, the Bascombs. Finally, violence reappears in the form of a pair of rustlers...our old friends Arn and Jud. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The saga of the YOUNG...the VIOLENT...the INNOCENT...who challenged a bold and reckless land! See more »




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Release Date:

August 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Rides This Trail  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Really poor
8 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, there's some nice scenery and the film is in color. And Will Rogers Jr. is in it, to some degree. That's the good stuff. All the rest is just bad. The story is weak and the characters are basically uninteresting and unlikeable. The worst tomatoes must be cast at Rod McKuen, who is so unappealing to look at or listen to, he's just got nothing positive going for him. Worse than that, if possible, is George Winslow as the youngest Breslin brother. I would have never guessed that a twelve-year-old growing up in wild territory could be so fat. Chances are in real life a kid in that situation would have been pretty stringy. Additionally, he's a terrible actor. His charm in his earlier days always escaped me and here he's even worse.

Don't waste your time. Maureen O'Sullivan sure picked a stinker here.

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