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The Young Land (1959)

Approved | | Western | 1 May 1959 (USA)
An American gunslinger kills a Mexican man in California immediately after the Mexican-American war. The killer is arrested and put on trial for murder with the Hispanic population waiting to learn of American justice.



(screenplay) (as Norman Shannon Hall), (story "Frontier Frenzy")

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Complete credited cast:
Sheriff Jim Ellison (as Pat Wayne)
Elena de la Madrid
Hatfield Carnes
Judge Millard Isham
Roberto De La Madrid ...
Don Roberto de la Madrid
Cliff Ketchum ...
Deputy Marshal Ben Stroud
Lee Hearn
Deputy Santiago
Ed Sweeny ...
Sully / Kelly (as Edward Sweeny)
John Quijada ...
Miguel Camacho ...
Tom Tiner ...
Charlie Higgins, Court Clerk
Carlos Romero ...
Francisco Quiroga
Eddie Juaregui ...
Drifter (as Edward Juaregui)
The Mariachis Los Reyes De Chapala ...


An American gunslinger kills a Mexican man in California immediately after the Mexican-American war. The killer is arrested and put on trial for murder with the Hispanic population waiting to learn of American justice.

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1 May 1959 (USA)  »

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Ebrio de odio  »

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[first lines]
Hatfield Carnes: Now you talk big, Mex. Let's see if you got guts enough to draw on a white man.
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Strange Are the Ways of Love
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Randy Sparks
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American Law And Jurisprudence
11 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Usually a film held up in release is a sign that nothing good will come of it eventually being inflicted on the movie-going public. But in the case of The Young Land this is not a bad little western about an incident from the early days of California after we acquired it from Mexico. As it was a forcible acquisition the native Mexican population was anxious to see how they would do under American law and jurisprudence.

The issue comes to a head when a murderous young punk played by Dennis Hopper uses his fast draw to gun down a Mexican vaquero who works for Roberto DeLa Madrid. Sheriff Patrick Wayne whose job usually is to jail drunks disarms Hopper and arrests him. Now the job is to try him and for that Wayne sends for a federal judge played by Dan O'Herlihy who is a model of judicial decorum.

O'Herlihy is not terribly impressed with Wayne as a sheriff, but gradually they develop a certain respect for each other. And Wayne also grows some in the estimation of Yvonne Lime, daughter of Robert DeLa Madrid.

The Young Land is a simple straightforward tale told thusly for the audience. It's got some thoughtful and sincere performances by its cast. Hopper stands out in his role. And it even got an Oscar nomination for the song Strange Are The Ways Of Love which lost to the far better known High Hopes.

The story has worn well and The Young Land is as fresh as it was when it was sadly held up in release.

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