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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 Richard Garland ... Charlie Fentress
Robert Anderson ... Ezra McCloud
Fess Parker ... Clem McCloud
Ray Bennett ... Sheriff Brogan
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Storyline

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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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1953 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untamed See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Matt Denbow: You never can tell about cattle - or women - until they've been on your range for a while.
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Is Shelley Winters The Untamed Frontier?
5 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Scott Brady, scion of the local big ranch, shoots Shelley Winters' boyfriend. To avoid her testifying against him, he marries her, but the marriage is unconsummated. Instead, she becomes friendly with his cousin, Joseph Cotten in this visually interesting Universal western.

Director Hugo Fregonese gives cinematographer Charles Boyle his head, with lots o high lights in dark backgrounds. Notice the large number of twilight long shots, and medium grey walls with black shutters, couches and ironmongery. Could the print I looked at be darker than intended? that's always a possibility, of course, but I think the choice was deliberate, to yield a worn parchment look to the movie; even Miss Winters' hair looks more grey than blonde; this makes the white-faced cattle and the occasional splashes of bright color far more dramatic. Long shadows in the brightest-lit scenes give them a "late afternoon" look, as if to indicate the end of the day of ranch's dominance.

While the visuals of the movie make it interesting, and the acting talent is impeccable -- that's Minor Watson as the head of the ranch; if you look hard, you can see Lee van Cleef and Fess Parker (in his first screen appearance) in the cast. Yet this early attempt to make a soap-opera western seems a bit overblown to my B-movie-loving taste.


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