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The Big Land (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Western | July 1957 (Austria)
Alan Ladd stars as a Kansas cattle rancher battling the elements and corrupt cattle buyers to build a railroad spur to the Rio Grande just after the United States' Civil War.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Frank Gruber (novel), David Dortort (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alan Ladd ... Chad Morgan
Virginia Mayo ... Helen Jagger
Edmond O'Brien ... Joe Jagger
Anthony Caruso ... Brog
Julie Bishop ... Kate Johnson
John Qualen ... Sven Johnson
Don Castle ... Tom Draper
David Ladd ... David Johnson
Jack Wrather Jr. Jack Wrather Jr. ... Olaf Johnson
George J. Lewis ... Dawson
James Anderson ... Bob Cole
Don Kelly ... Billy Tyler
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Dick McCullough
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Storyline

After the Civil War, bitterness remained between Southerners and Northerners. In order to supply eastern cities with beef, former Confederates from Texas drove their herds to the rail-heads in Missouri. After a long and hard cattle drive through the Bad Lands, former Confederate officer Chad Morgan and his partners arrive at a rail-head in Missouri where corrupt cattle buyer Brog and his gunfighter partner offer to purchase the Texans' herds for a pitiful sum. Brog knows the cattle are weakened by the long drive from Texas and cannot survive a return drive to Texas. He also knows the Texans are desperate to sell for any amount of money they can settle for. After selling their herds to crooked buyer Brog, the Texans blame their partner Chad Morgan for their misfortune. It was Chad who suggested they sell their herds in Missouri. Heartbroken, Chad splits with his partners. On a rainy night, Chad is refused lodging by embittered Northerners who still see him as a Confederate enemy. He ... Written by nufs68

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The big land was the big gamble ... They staked their gold, their women, and their lives !

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffalo Grass See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaguar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Julie Bishop. See more »

Goofs

At the dinner table, David takes the napkin off of his plate twice after his father Sven finishes saying grace. See more »

Quotes

Joe Jagger: Well, you know my problem. What's yours?
Chad Morgan: I should have killed a man the other day.
Joe Jagger: Killed a man? What for?
Chad Morgan: He needed it.
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Connections

Referenced in Stage Struck (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

I LEANED ON A MAN
Written by Leonard Rosenman and Wayne Shanklin
Sung by Bonnie Lou Williams (uncredited) dubbing for Virginia Mayo
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The worst...
11 September 2018 | by grayneon-99064See all my reviews

I love a good western but this one is not it. Slow moving with a robot performance by Alan Ladd. Do not waste 90 minutes of your life watching 2 bad guys (dressed in black of course) kill good people, control the entire cattle business, burn down a fledgling town while Alan Ladd is always calm and never around when you need him. When this was over all I could think of was where were all of the Civil War vets living out west? I am sure two bad cowboys running amok would not have had all of them cowering behind little Alan Ladd...Pathetic waste of time.


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