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 ...
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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 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
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[to the rustlers]
You better ride. I won't be responsible if you don't.
Hang on, listen to that tenderfoot lawyer man. You won't be responsible for what? Holding back these sodbusters?
Fort Laramie isn't that far away.
No soldiers are interested in judging me. They got Indians to fight. This is a country for men. A man carries a gun, he better be ready to use it.
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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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