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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.


Hugo Fregonese


Philip Yordan




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)


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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Mexican officials initially banned this film and demanded that cuts be made, in order to portray Mexicans less unfavourably. Warner Bros. agreed to make the cuts, after months of negotiations during which the Mexican government threatened to ban all Warner Bros. productions in Mexico. See more »


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 »


El Gavilan: You have 18 wells. I want $1,000 for each well. Total - $50,000.
El Gavilan: I don't know how to add.
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Blows Hot and Cold
26 September 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In a film that is partially taken from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, two down on their luck Americans, Gary Cooper and Ward Bond, run into an old pal, Anthony Quinn who has become richer in the oil business than these two wildcatters have. Quinn's also married Barbara Stanwyck who at one time had a thing for Cooper.

It's over for Coop, but Stanwyck ain't taking no for an answer. Even the presence of Ruth Roman one of those beautiful woman that are stuck in exotic places in films who's really got Coop's attention, doesn't faze her a bit. She says she'll do whatever she has to, to win Coop back and pretty much does as the film concludes.

Blowing Wild only holds interest because of the star players involved. When you consider that back in the day Cooper and Stanwyck did classics like Meet John Doe and Ball of Fire, Blowing Wild looks like something they did in their spare time on a holiday in Mexico.

Everybody overacts outrageously to keep the film afloat even Gary Cooper if you can believe that.

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Release Date:

16 December 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

United States Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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