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Wild Heritage (1958)

Approved | | Western | August 1958 (USA)
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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(as Charles Haas)

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Cast

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

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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Born of lawless men and lusty women...theirs was a WILD HERITAGE See more »

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Western

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August 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Rides This Trail  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Arn, (Rustler): [to Judge Copeland] You ain't no judge here, Copeland. When a man carrying a gun starts a fight with me, he asks for it.
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Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Music and lyrics by Louis Lambert
Sung while traveling cross country by covered wagon by Paul Birch, Maureen O'Sullivan, Rod McKuen, Gary Gray, Gigi Perreau, and George Winslow
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As Far As It Went
7 October 1999 | by (Eugene, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This film benefited from the wonderful presence of Will Rogers, Jr and natural western beauty location; cinematography was competent; the character playing "Rusty" could have been Rogers' grandson & full of character. Yet, because of short runtime (78 minutes) there was little opportunity for the great American, Rogers, to develop his character -- the time was just sufficient to run through the plot: insufficient to its full potential. Some of the character choices were excellent, a few others medium. Another 45 minutes, or even 30, could have produced a superiour, rather than merely acceptable, Western; it was a disservice to Will Rogers, Jr and to us who could have had had the benefit of his genuine American wisdom & wit, of which there is pitiful little today. The fault must partly lie with Mr Rogers: his quietly powerful influence could have secured proper financing and meaningful scripting, instead of the superficiality of packing so much plot into so little time and expecting a leisurely development of frontier family life to boot; obviously there were too many people at the banquet and too little food. See it, though; but pack all you can into your experience quick!


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