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Untamed Frontier (1952)

Approved | | Western | 16 January 1953 (Finland)
Squeezed between Mexico and the Denbow family lands lies the U.S. government free grazing land but the incoming settlers cannot reach it without trespassing on the Denbow property which is defended by an army of Denbow cowhands.

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay), John Bagni (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Kirk Denbow
Shelley Winters ... Jane Stevens
Scott Brady ... Glenn Denbow
Suzan Ball ... Lottie
Minor Watson ... Matt Denbow
Katherine Emery ... Camilla Denbow
José Torvay ... Bandera (as Jose Torvay)
Douglas Spencer ... Clayton Vance
John Alexander ... Max Wickersham
Lee Van Cleef ... Dave Chittun
Richard Garland ... Charlie Fentress
Robert Anderson ... Ezra McCloud
Fess Parker ... Clem McCloud
Ray Bennett ... Sheriff Brogan
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The Denbow family hope to freeze out homesteaders by denying access across their land; but to evade a murder charge, Glenn Denbow marries the only witness, Jane, who's conveniently in love with him, but favors the settlers. When Glenn goes back to his blackmailing old flame Lottie, a warm regard develops between Jane and cousin Kirk Denbow. Things come to a head when an impending range war coincides with a rustling foray. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The last great Texas range wars ! ... against the iron hand of the ruthless cattle barons !

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Fess Parker's first on-screen credit movie performance. See more »

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Matt Denbow: You never can tell about cattle - or women - until they've been on your range for a while.
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Highly watchable and enjoyable Western about a family confrontation and between cattlemen and homesteaders .
20 February 2020 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture concerns a cattle baron Matt Denbow (Minor Watson) who takes his nephew Kirk (Joseph Cotten) as his own son , originating in the legitimate one named Glenn (Scott Brady) a certain resentment . Squeezed between Mexico and the Denbow family lands lies the U.S. government free grazing land but the incoming settlers cannot reach it without trespassing on the Denbow property . When Glenn kills a suitor and to evade a murder charge, he marries the beautiful witness Jane (Shelley Winters) to undercover evidences , but then his recent wife falls for Kirk . When Glenn goes back to his blackmailing old flame Lottie (Susan Ball) , he is seeing an opportunity to obtain his father's cattle and along the way he develops an enormous rivalty for the adopted cousin . Thing go wrong when settlemen attempt to cut the barbwire and it coincides with a rustling foray which is defended by an army of Denbow cowhands. The last great Texas range wars ! ... against the iron hand of the ruthless cattle barons !

The movie is a good western with extraordinary landscapes that were shot on location in natural parks of Naco, Canelo, Elfrida, Hereford, Arizona . The picture has western action , drama , round-up , stampedes , horseman pursuits and results to be quite entertaining . Dealing with the classic confrontation , Close range , Open range , between cattlemen and settlemen ; as the Denbow family hope to freeze out homesteaders by denying access across their land . It carries a surprising feeling of authenticity for a Western of this Universal Picture's classic period . Serious Western professionally made by Hugo Fregonese and with Joseph Cotten as a foreman trying to live a pacific existence and keeping calm an impending range war . The picture is produced in budget enough by Universal International Pictures (UI) where director Fregonese made some nice films . Scott Brady plays competently as Glenn Denbow who marries the only witness, Jane , well played by Shelley Winters , who's conveniently in love with him. They are well accompanied by a fine support cast , such as Suzan Ball ,Minor Watson, Katherine Emery, John Alexander , Richard Garland , Fess Parker , Ray Bennett , David Janssen's first on-screen credit movie performance , and , of course, the usual nasty Lee Van Cleef , pre-Sergio Leone.

The movie attained lukewarm reception by the public , it achieved a limited success ; however a similar film titled ¨Vengeance Valley ¨ (by Richard Thorpe) with Burt Lancaster , Robert Walker , was much better as reviews as box office . . The motion picture was directed in sure visual eye by Hugo Fregonese . He directed lesser Western and thrillers and realized a variety films of all kind of genres . Direction by Fregonese maintains a steady pace and is partially as good in interiors as in outdoor action scenes . Hugo Fregonese is familiar remember the Argentine director for his Hollywood work , that began with One Way Street in 1950 and included some biggies such as Blowing Wild (1953), his biggest hit . Fregonese started in Argentina, and Pampa Bárbara , first version , is the first first film he directed he is listed as co- director with Lucas Demare . He had done his apprenticeship with Demare as assistant director in two previous films. Hugo was an Argentina director who emigrated to Hollywood, then became technical adviser on latino themes at Columbia Studios in Hollywood, and subsequently under contract at Universal from 1950 to 1952 filming ¨Man in the attic¨ with Jack Palance , ¨Blowing wild¨with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck , ¨Decameron Nights¨with Joan Fontaine , ¨Harry Black and the tiger¨with Stewart Granger . Spent the rest of the decade in Europe directing Euro-westerns as ¨Apache's last battle¨ , this ¨Savage Pampas¨ and potboilers as "The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse" , Terror as "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" before finishing his career back in the country of his birth . Rating : 6.5/10 , acceptable and passable . Worthwhile seeing for marvelous landscapes and breathtaking outdoors .


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

16 January 1953 (Finland) See more »

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