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The Proud Rebel (1958)

Approved | | Western | 2 November 1958 (UK)
A Confederate veteran living in the Yankee North struggles with his son's shock induced muteness and the hate of the Northerners.

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Complete credited cast:
... John Chandler
... Linnett Moore
... Harry Burleigh
... David Chandler
... Dr. Enos Davis (Quaker)
... Jeb Burleigh (as Dean Stanton)
... Birm Bates
... Judge Morley
Tom Pittman ... Tom Burleigh (as Thomas Pittman)
... Mr. Gorman
... Traveling Salesman
King ... Lance, David's Dog
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Searching for a doctor who can help him get his son to speak again--the boy hadn't uttered a word since he saw his mother die in the fire that burned down the family home--a Confederate veteran finds himself facing a 30-day jail sentence when he's unfairly accused of starting a brawl in a small town. A local woman pays his fine, providing that he works it off on her ranch. He soon finds himself involved in the woman's struggle to keep her ranch from a local landowner who wants it--and whose sons were responsible for the man being framed for the fight. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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According to Olivia De Havilland, Alan Ladd was a bit afraid to star in this movie because of Mike Curtiz reputation to be harsh with actors. See more »

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The opening scene - supposedly Illinois - shows a tall mountain range. There are no mountains in Illinois. See more »

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Jeb Burleigh: I'd like a little respect. I told you before I don't like people I'm talkin' to to walk away from me. Look at me! You look at me when I talk to you.
John Chandler: I'm lookin', but I don't see anything.
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A REAL FAMILY CLASSIC
23 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I grew up watching "Family Classics with Frazier Thomas", a program that featured a wide variety of family friendly movies. This was one of them(so was TOBOR THE GREAT but we won't get into that-I just finished reviewing that clunker a few minutes ago). Alan Ladd plays Civil War veteran John Chandler, who is seeking treatment for his mute son(played by real-life son David Ladd), and meets up with a town spinster (Olivia DeHavilland), who takes both of them in when Chandler is falsley accused of starting a brawl, facing thirty days in the town jail. In the meantime, a sheep herder (Dean Jagger) and his juvenile-delinquent sons attempt to force DeHavilland off her ranch. Chandler must also make the tough choice to sell young David's beloved dog to a breeder in order to pay for his treatment.

The performances are first-rate. Alan and David have one of the best father-son chemistries in movie history-(along with Jon Voight and Ricky Schroeder in THE CHAMP twenty or so years later). Also, Olivia DeHavilland, Dean Jagger, and veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton help make this one a must-see for all. Even horror veteran John Carradine makes a cameo appearance in the opening scene.

Sadly, this family classic makes the untimely death of Alan Ladd a few years later all the more tragic.

Rating: ****1/2 out of *****


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