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Guns of the Timberland (1960)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Western | 8 April 1960 (France)
Feud between ranchers and lumberjacks over the issue of environment protection versus profits.



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Cast overview:
Clay Bell
Blackie (as Noah Beery)
Aunt Sarah
Alana Ladd ...
Jane Peterson
Amos Stearns
Henry Kulky ...


Alan Ladd stars in a Western from novelist Louis L'Amour. The conflict between loggers and ranchers in a western town turns violent when the ranchers believe the lumberjacks, led by Jim Hadley (Ladd--Shane), will destroy their rangeland in search of a quick profit.

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Adventure | Western


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Release Date:

8 April 1960 (France)  »

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Er kam, sah und siegte  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jim Hadley: Pack up, Blackie. We're movin' out of here.
Blackie: What about our timber?
Jim Hadley: There are other places.
Blackie: I don't get it. I just don't get it!
Jim Hadley: We came here to cut down trees, not kids.
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The Faithful Kind
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Jerry Livingston
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I am not sure what the point was of this rather dull film...
28 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Aside from a plot that would become more and more relevant as the decade progressed as well as a chance to see Alan Ladd's daughter, Alana, I can't see much about this dull little film that would encourage me to recommend it or see it again. Like most of Alan Ladd's later films, it's very listless and dull. Plus, I really am not sure what the message was nor do I think the folks making the film knew either.

The film begins with some loggers coming to clear the land. However, the locals are very unhappy as they are concerned about the ecological effects this might have on the town below. This is understandable. However, instead of trying to work with the loggers or go through the courts to stop them, some of the locals (led by Lyle Bettger and Jeanne Craine) decide that pretty much anything is fair to stop the tree cutting. During most of the town's dirty tricks, the boss of the logging outfit (Ladd) is amazingly complacent. In fact, this is his mood through almost all the film--like he's only semi-conscious. As a result, one of his men, Monty (Gilbert Roland) has had enough and has decided to fight fire with fire, so to speak. Then, and only then, does the boss rouse out of his near slumber.

I know it might sound rather nasty, but at this point in his career, Alan Ladd was a hard-core alcoholic. Because of this, he began to look puffy and his acting became much more muted and slow. I really think this is a serious problem in "Guns of the Timberland". However, it's NOT the biggest problem. This problem is the writing. The film doesn't seem to know WHAT the message is and many of the characters are, as a result, very inconsistent. Too often, folks behave in ways that defy common sense as well as who they have been throughout the film--particularly Ladd and Craine. Overall, the film is sluggish and dull and this is rather sad, as in his prime, Ladd was an exciting actor. Here, he's as dull as dish water.

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