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Blowing Wild (1953)

In South America, when Jeff Dawson and Dutch Peterson's oil rigs are dynamited by local bandits, the two partners resort to risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise money.

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writer:

Philip Yordan
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gary Cooper ... Jeff Dawson
Barbara Stanwyck ... Marina Conway
Ruth Roman ... Sal Donnelly
Anthony Quinn ... Ward 'Paco' Conway
Ward Bond ... Dutch Peterson
Ian MacDonald ... Jackson
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Henderson
Juan García ... El Gavilan (as Juan Garcia)
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Storyline

In a hypothetical country in South America, Jeff Dawson and his partner Dutch Peterson have invested all their savings in a lease contract to explore oil. However, their expectation ruins when bandits blow the derrick of the oil well with dynamite and they get stranded in the town without any money. In despair, they accept the risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise US$ 800.00 and Dutch is shot in the leg by road thieves; but Jeff discovers that their employer is a trickster and they area not paid for their job. When their former friend Paco Conway meets them, Jeff finds that he is a local tycoon and is married with Marina Conway, who had a past with him. Paco hires Jeff his foreman to help him with his eighteen oil wells while Dutch is recovering in the hospital. Meanwhile the criminals press Paco to pay US$ 50,000.00 otherwise they will blow his wells and Marina revives her love and desire for Jeff, leading the trio to a tragedy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The whole black-gold border knew the 'Gringo Giant' was on a rampage! Only the girl with the lying-green eyes knew why! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le souffle sauvage See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During filming Gary Cooper won his second Oscar for High Noon (1952), while Anthony Quinn won his first Oscar for Viva Zapata! (1952). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, following the destruction of the oil rig by El Gavilan's gang, the front of Dutch Peterson's hat goes from brim up, brim down, brim up again and then brim down again, in between shots. Subsequently, it is up again when Dawson and Peterson are walking along a road and picked up by a truck. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Dawson: [Confronting Marina] What have you done, Marina?
Marina Conway: I committed murder to get you. Murder!
Jeff Dawson: You killed Paco?
Marina Conway: I did it for you, don't you understand? I did it for you!
Jeff Dawson: [Choking her] You killed Paco. You killed him!
[He catches himself and releases her]
Jeff Dawson: Makes me sick even to look at you.
Marina Conway: You'll never get away from me. I'll never let you go. I'll say you helped me. I'll say I killed him and you helped me. I don't care if they hang me just so they hang you, too!
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Opening credits: All events, places and persons depicted in this film are fictional. See more »

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Version of Torrid Zone (1940) See more »

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Great early 50's movie
4 January 2007 | by Terry WeldonSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this as a14 year old in England when it was first released. It has stuck in my mind ever since. The combination of Gary Cooper's world weary persona, Dimitri Tiomkin's evocative score, the great rendition of the title song by Frankie Laine and the powerful sense of loss and what might have been all combine to make a fantastic couple of hours. One thought did occur when I watched it again last night was how old the characters all were... We take it for granted today that most roles are played by 25-35 year old actors (and actresses)that to see Cooper, Stanwyck, Quinn, Bond etc. brings one up with start. Lovely film, though, and I look forward to seeing it again.


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