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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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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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Its Call Reaches Far and Wide As The Human Heart... See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The $1,600,000 ($13,350,000 in 2016) budget of the film was financed by producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. through a personal loan of $1,200,000 from the Bank of America, co-signed by his father, and the rest from himself. 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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Mr. Gorman: Why don't you have a picture taken, Linnett, with your pretty dress and bonnet?
Linnett Moore: Well, what would I do with it?
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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Good family western with colorful cinematography and excellent musical score
2 March 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie concerns a father (Alan Ladd), a Confederate veteran , and his mute son (David Ladd, in real life too) who after framing impeachment by a judge (Henry Hull) he finds himself facing a 30-day jail sentence when he's unfairly accused of starting a brawl in a small town . A local spinster (Olivia De Havilland) pays his fine , as father and son find shelter in a ranch , providing that he works it off on her farm . The veteran is searching for a doctor who can cure his son , as the little boy suffers the emotional impact of the words he longed to tell them . Meanwhile , he soon finds himself involved in the struggle to keep her ranch from a local landowner and they'll have to confront a shepherd family (Dean Jagger and Harry Dean Stanton) and taking on a lot of dangers .

In the film there are glamorous landscapes , family drama , shootouts and agreeable feeling . This is a tale that reaches far and wide as the human life , being based on a story titled "Journal of Linnett Moore¨ written by James Edward Grant . The movie talks upon typical western old theme: fights between settlers and cattlemen . The final showdown amongst the protagonists and enemies is exciting . Runtime film is adjusted, one hour and half approx., it is neither dreary , nor tiring but enjoyable.

Alan Ladd's interpretation is top-notch likeness his son David Ladd (future marriage to Cheryl Ladd and father of Jordan Ladd) . Olivia De Havilland is enticing , gentle and sweet . Support cast is awesome , as Dean Jagger , John Carradine , Cecil Kellaway , Mary Wickes and Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas) , an outstanding actor with a long career that today continues . Ted Mc Cord cinematography is riveting and glamorous . Jerome Moross musical score is fascinating , similar to soundtrack he composed in ¨Big country¨ deemed to be the best western score along with ¨ The magnificent seven¨ . The motion picture well produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr was compellingly directed by Michael Curtiz . The yarn will appeal to western buffs and sentimental plot lovers . Rating : Good , better than average . Well catching .


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