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Sierra Baron (1958)

Unrated | | Western | July 1958 (USA)
Set in 1848 California. About a brother and sister battling a crooked businessman over property rights.

Director:

James B. Clark

Writers:

Thomas W. Blackburn (novel) (as Thomas Wakefield Blackburn), Houston Branch (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Keith ... Jack McCracken
Rick Jason ... Miguel Delmonte
Rita Gam ... Felicia Delmonte
Mala Powers ... Sue Russell
Steve Brodie ... Rufus Bynum
Carlos Múzquiz Carlos Múzquiz ... Andrews
Lee Morgan ... Frank Goheen
Lewis Allan Lewis Allan ... Hank Moe
Pedro Galván Pedro Galván ... Judson Jeffers
Fernando Wagner Fernando Wagner ... Grandall
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... Felipe (as Ferrusquilla 'Jose Espinosa')
Enrique Lucero ... Anselmo
Alberto Mariscal Alberto Mariscal ... Lopez
Lynne Ehrlich Lynne Ehrlich ... Vicky Russell
Michael Schmidt Michael Schmidt ... Ralph
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Set in 1848 California. About a brother and sister battling a crooked businessman over property rights.

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california | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Old California's Bloodiest Battle for Power!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Sierra-Baron See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First and probably only acting credit for Lewis Allan, born Abel Meeropol (February 10, 1903 - October 29, 1986). A song-writer best known for "Strange Fruit" (1937). See more »

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Likable Western with Food for Thought
31 May 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Well done oater. It's something of an oddball—a TCF production with typically good production values, an unusual premise, but no marquee names. In fact, screen time is divided between two "heroes", Keith and Jason, neither of whom was a big name at the time. Still, the movie's crowd scenes plus epic location filming suggest an A-production with hopes for a lesser-known cast.

It's a big canvas storyline as land rights between an old Spanish land grant and the ambitions of newcomer white settlers clash. Jason certainly looks the part of an aristocratic Spanish padrone, while Keith acts out a low-key gunslinger in usual fine fashion. Each, of course, has a love interest, lovelies Gam and Powers, respectively. Naturally it takes a while for the various conflicting interests to get sorted out, no thanks to the one irredeemable bad guy, Steve Brodie. There are several likable scenes—a charming folk dance among the settlers, along with a very well conceived last scene that serves as a fitting epilogue.

I suspect this 1958 release got lost in the waves of Westerns consuming much of TV and movies of the time. I'm sure it was hard to compete with the likes of The Big Country (1958) with Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston that received a ton of promotion. Still, this obscure feature remains a good slice of entertainment, along with some food for thought.


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