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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Romantic adventure of the early West! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burning Hills See more »

Filming Locations:

Keyesville,California,USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

When the Sutton posse arrives at Maria Colton's place, foreman Ben HIndeman (Claude Akins) sends one of his men out to find a tracker named Lantz. Later in the story, Trace Jordan (Tab Hunter) mentions to Maria (Natalie Wood) that Lantz is tracking both of them, but how would he have known that? He wasn't present when Ben gave out the order. 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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Louis L'Amour novel turned into teen western...
22 January 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Bubblegum western marketed at the time as if it were "Rebel Without a Cause" on the range (one of the tag lines read: "People would say, 'But they're only kids!'"). Half-breed girl (Natalie Wood, heavily pancaked and miscast, but still not bad) shelters a cowboy (Tab Hunter) embroiled in a vengeful feud with a scurrilous gang. Good, trashy fun; supporting cast including Earl Holliman and Claude Akins is solid, direction by Stuart Heisler fast-paced. The screenplay adaptation (by Irving Wallace, of all people) slants Louis L'Amour's story in favor of showcasing the teen heartthrobs of the day, but it has good action scenes and a satisfying wrap-up. **1/2 from ****


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