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The Burning Hills (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | September 1956 (USA)
When Trace Jordan's brother is murdered by members of the land-grabbing Sutton family he vows to report this injustice to the nearest Army fort.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Irving Wallace (screenplay), Louis L'Amour (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Tab Hunter ... Trace Jordan
Natalie Wood ... Maria-Christina Colton
Skip Homeier ... Jack Sutton
Eduard Franz ... Jacob Lantz
Earl Holliman ... Mort Bayliss
Claude Akins ... Ben Hindeman
Ray Teal ... Joe Sutton
Frank Puglia ... Tio Perico
Hal Baylor ... Braun
Tyler MacDuff ... Wes Parker
Rayford Barnes ... Veach
Tony Terry Tony Terry ... Vincente Colton
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Trace discovers the body of his brother Jerry and confronts Mr. Sutton, the crook responsible for his brother's death. In self-defense, Trace shoots Mr. Sutton. Sutton sends his henchmen to hunt and kill a wounded and fleeing Trace. Maria, a half-breed Mexican girl whose father was murdered by Sutton, becomes Trace's companion in flight. Written by Kelly

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Romantic adventure of the early West! See more »

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Romance | Western

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According to Tab Hunter's autobiography, studio executives were so displeased by Natalie Wood's "Mexican" accent that they even considered dubbing in another actress's voice. See more »

Goofs

Jack Sutton and Trace Jordan are fighting and despite crashing through branches and undergrowth they both manage to keep their hats on until they start rolling over each other on a rocky ledge. Jack loses hid hat then they get to the edge and in a quick flash, confirmed by freezing the picture, Trace is keeping his hat on with the aid of a chin strap but loses it just as they roll off a ledge but when they land at the bottom he's got it back on. See more »

Quotes

Maria Christina Colton: They think they can treat me like those girls in the dance hall.
Trace Jordon: I'm sorry. I know how you must feel.
Maria Christina Colton: You can't. You are a man.
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Tab Hunter Gets in the Saddle
30 October 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Soon after his brother has been shot to death, handsome Tab Hunter (as Trace Jordan) arrives in the western town of "Esperanza". Along with Mr. Hunter, we quickly learn the man responsible for murdering brother is young cigar-stomping Skip Homeier (as Jack Sutton). As it turns out, Mr. Homeier and his gang have run the sheriff out of town; they also shoot anyone who tries to stake a claim in the area. Hunter is advised to leave town immediately, but refuses. With his muscular frame and quick draw, Hunter easily infiltrates the Sutton ranch, to demand justice.

Wounded in a shoot-out, Hunter barely escapes from the ranch. He collapses near the home of sexy sheepherder Natalie Wood (as Maria Colton). Taunted by the "Sutton Gang" due to her mixed heritage (English father, Mexican mother) and preference for dresses that accentuate her beautifully-shaped breasts, Ms. Wood hides Hunter from Homeier, and nurses him back to health. Hunter and Wood are mutually attracted to each other. Hunter hopes to report Homeier and his gang to the United States Cavalry at nearby Fort Stockwell. Will he get there?

Warner Bros. must have known putting popular but unproven Hunter in this high-budgeted CinemaScope western would be a gamble - but, it pays off. He always fit the genre like a glove, and it's too bad a long string of Hunter westerns wasn't forthcoming. Hunter's greatest asset, herein, isn't really his handsomeness; rather, it's that he adds a muscular athleticism to the usual western antics. As you'll plainly see, there was no need to fear Hunter would snap a girdle, or slip a toupee. Trying on a Spanish accent, Wood is tightly outfitted, and highly arousing.

Homeier turns in a wonderfully nasty supporting performance. Mixed-raced "Indian" tracker Eduard Franz (as Jacob Lantz), limping liquor-soaked Earl Holliman (as Mort Bayliss), and foreman Claude Akins (as Ben Hindeman) lead a strong supporting cast. With sexless romance and Spanish stereotypes, writer Louis L'Amour (book) and Irving Wallace (script) break no new ground, but you know how these western stories go. Director Stuart Heisler corrals the young stars well; he left feature films for dependable work on episodic western television.

******** The Burning Hills (8/23/56) Stuart Heisler ~ Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Skip Homeier, Earl Holliman


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1956 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Keyesville,California,USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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