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The Proud Rebel (1958)

Approved | | Western | 1 July 1958 (USA)
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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Michael Curtiz

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Joseph Petracca (screenplay), Lillie Hayward (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... John Chandler
Olivia de Havilland ... Linnett Moore
Dean Jagger ... Harry Burleigh
David Ladd ... David Chandler
Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. Enos Davis (Quaker)
Harry Dean Stanton ... Jeb Burleigh (as Dean Stanton)
James Westerfield ... Birm Bates
Henry Hull ... Judge Morley
Tom Pittman Tom Pittman ... Tom Burleigh (as Thomas Pittman)
Eli Mintz ... Mr. Gorman
John Carradine ... Traveling Salesman
King 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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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rebelde orgulloso See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Formosa Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Adolphe Menjou was originally cast in the film but was replaced when he torn ligaments in his leg and groin. See more »

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Mr. Gorman: Why don't you have a picture taken, Linnett, with your pretty dress and bonnet?
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Mr. Gorman: Look at it now and then. In ten years from now, you'll know what you looked like today.
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This film has stood the test of time well and will grow in popularity
8 March 2003 | by marxsarxSee all my reviews

Alan Ladd plays a widower whose wife died in a fire during the Civil War. His young son (played by his real life son, David Ladd) has not been able to speak after he saw his mother die. Alan Ladd's character is trying to find a doctor to help his son. Ladd ends up with a thirty day jail sentence after being unfairly fined for a brawl which the two sons of an ambitious sheep rancher (wonderfully played by Dean Jagger) intentionally initiate. Olivia DeHavilland is a local unmarried woman who sees the predicament Alan Ladd and his son are in, and she pays the fine so that Ladd will not have to spend thirty days in jail, provided he works it off for thirty days on her farm. Michael Curtiz did a fantastic job of directing this beautiful film. Alan Ladd, Olivia DeHavilland and David Ladd are all terrific. This movie is a bit different than Ladd's classic film,"Shane", although there are some similarities. Ladd is once again the strong silent type, although he is more human in this film. David Ladd is perfectly cast as his son who can't speak. Olivia DeHavilland has just the right touch as a lonely but strong woman who quickly gets attached to the two new men in her life. The chemistry between the three leads in this film is tough to beat. The supporting actors are very good, including Cecil Kellaway, Dean Jagger, the ubiquitous film star John Carradine and Harry Dean Stanton. This movie works as a family film, which is in the end uplifting. The photography is just beautiful in this movie. "The Proud Rebel" is definitely an overlooked minor classic in the same genre as "Old Yeller", "The Yearling" and even "Shane." It has stood the test of time very well and I truly expect it will begin to grow in stature if it is shown on cable channels and available on DVD. Well worth watching for fans of the Western and Family Film genre. 90/100. Buy it if you have kids! Heck, buy it even if you don't!


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