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Alfred Hayes (screenplay)
A.B. Guthrie Jr. (novel)
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Release Date:
8 May 1959 (Finland) See more »
All the fire . . . power . . . drama . . . of A.B. Guthrie's monumental best-seller!
An ambitious cowboy will stop at nothing to get what he wants, including using the affections of two women. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Don Murray ... Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans

Richard Egan ... Jehu

Lee Remick ... Callie
Patricia Owens ... Joyce

Stuart Whitman ... Tom Ping

Albert Dekker ... Marshal Conrad

Harold J. Stone ... Ram Butler

Royal Dano ... Ike Carmichael

Jean Willes ... Jen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Godwin (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Steve Darrell ... McLean (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Card-Player (uncredited)
John Epper ... Swede (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... Whitey (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Brice (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Photographer (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Frank Chenault (uncredited)
Irene James ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Strain (uncredited)

Fuzzy Knight ... Jacob Smith (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Fatty - Bartender (uncredited)
Frank Lavier ... Little Runner (uncredited)
Theodore Lehmann ... Prospector (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Brother Van (uncredited)
Walter Maslow ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barbara Morrison ... Miss Fran (uncredited)
Zon Murray ... Vigilante (uncredited)
Ken Renard ... Happy - Waiter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Croupier (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Customer (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Man on Hurdy-Gurdy Wagon (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Customer (uncredited)
Ned Wever ... Link Gorham (uncredited)
Ted White ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Ben Wright ... Frenchy (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
Writing credits
Alfred Hayes (screenplay)

A.B. Guthrie Jr. (novel)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi 
Walter M. Scott 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
Jack Stubbs .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ed Jones .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Fitchman .... key grip (uncredited)
Scotty McEwin .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Wesley Trist .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Frank Beach .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
John Clyman .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Don Cristlieb .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Fred Fox .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Ossip Giskin .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Pete King .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Abe Most .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Vito Mumolo .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Harry Schmidt .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Paul Shure .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo
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Western Melodrama Handsomely Produced But Lacking Pep, 20 September 2012
Author: oldblackandwhite from North Texas sticks (see all my reviews)

These Thousand Hills is a melodrama dressed up as an epic Western in the tradition of The Sea Of Grass (see my review). A sprawling, handsome production with an engrossing story line, it incorporates many traditional western elements, including a cattle drive, a horse race, a nice girl-naughty girl rivalry, and a climactic showdown. Well-turned-out sets and authentic costumes compliment the scenic, on-location, wide-screen, color cinematography. These fetching production values are all wrapped around a rags-to-riches story emphasizing drama and character development rather than action. All about a dirt-poor young cowboy (Don Murray) determined "to make something of himself" no matter how much suffering he has to endure himself or how many friends he has to step on to get to the top.

This picture's best asset is the beautiful, vivacious, and talented Lee Remick, as the good-hearted saloon girl who gives Murray his start. Only third billed behind Murray and Richard Egan, she seems to be the real star of the show. It's a shame she couldn't have had a leading man of matching charisma and talent. Don Murray surely runs a good race with Richard Carlson as the blandest leading man of all time. His lack of virility must shoulder much of the blame for why this well-mounted Western ultimately lacks punch, along with the usually exciting Richard Fleischer's flabby direction, and a less than inspired adaptation of A. B. Guthrie's novel by screen writer Alfred Hayes. Fortunately the rest of the cast helps to make up for Murray's inadequacy. Egan, usually wooden in his more frequently seen heroic roles, is quite spicy here as a sneering villain. A fine cast of supporting actors, all familiar faces in the celluloid West, includes Albert Dekker, Harold J. Stone, and Royal Dano. Brawny Stuart Whitman has a major role as Murray's shady but loyal pal. It would have been a much better picture if he had had Murray's role.

As it was These Thousand Hills was not bad. It was fun to watch for the fine production values, the engaging if slow-moving story, and Lee Remick, who both looked good and acted well. Unfortunately it never lived up to the promise of the exciting bronco-busting and horse racing scenes in the opening reels. Solid, if uninspiring entertainment from an era when Holloywood was starting to forget how to make them like they used to anymore.

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