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The Walking Hills (1949)

A group of treasure hunters search for a wagon load of gold, buried years before in Death Valley.

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John Sturges

Writers:

Alan Le May (story), Alan Le May (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Jim Carey
Ella Raines ... Chris Jackson
William Bishop ... Dave 'Shep' Wilson
Edgar Buchanan ... Old Willy
Arthur Kennedy ... Chalk
John Ireland ... Frazee
Jerome Courtland ... Johnny
Russell Collins ... Bibbs
Josh White Josh White ... Josh
Houseley Stevenson ... Mr. King
Reed Howes ... Young King
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Storyline

A long-lost gold treasure, believed buried in the sand dunes of the fabulous Walking Hills, attracts adventurers Jim Carey (Randolph Scott), a rancher; Shep (William Bishop), rodeo rider wanted for murder; Old Will (Edgar Buchanan); Chalk (Arthur Kennedy); Frazee (John Ireland), a detective hunting Shep; Johnny (Jerome Courtland), a cowboy and Josh (Josh White), an entertainer. Uninvited, Chris Jackson (Ella Raines, loved by both Jim and Shep, joins the treasure-hunters. Hard work, suspicion, danger and intrigues and hatreds culminate in a grim fight with shovels, and a raging desert sand-storm leads to the conclusion. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A TERROR-STALKED SEARCH.. The secret of the desert's treasure brought together these adventurers...ne'er-do-wells...outcasts...with a woman their uninvited guest...(original poster). See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Homens Maus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some regard this as the only "film noir" western. See more »

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At the end of the picture, just before Ella Raines rides off, she calls Randolph Scott, "Jeff", only his character's name is "Jim". See more »

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Chris Jackson: [Referring to the large bandage on her forehead] Yeah, until I went bangin' my puss! Now get lost, will ya?
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You Won't Let Me Go
Sung by Josh White
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Terrific little treasure hunt movie
12 September 2002 | by JimB-4See all my reviews

John Sturges, later to direct The Magnificent Seven and Bad Day at Black Rock, does extremely well with this little sleeper about modern day westerners hunting for a lost gold caravan in the California desert. William Bishop isn't bad as the honest murder fugitive, and John Ireland and Arthur Kennedy are strong as usual as a couple of not-very-ethical types. Randolph Scott gets to play some interesting notes here as a horse rancher caught up in the hunt, and the supporting parts are all well played. The sandstorm in the last act is really terrifically exciting, and speaking as one who's filmed during a sandstorm, it's hard to believe the stars put up with filming such a long sequence in those conditions. My hat's off to them and to Sturges for a fine little movie, written by Alan Le May (of The Searchers and The Unforgiven fame).


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