The Breslins (Jake, Emma, three boys, and nubile daughter) cross the plains in a covered wagon, then pause in a lawless western town where Jake is shot by gunslingers Arn and Jud. But ...
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After violently attacking a fellow officer Lt. Edward Garnett, cavalry Captain Kern Shafter is court martialled. Later, he rejoins the army with Custer's regiment at Fort Lincoln, Dakota, becoming a sergeant, where he runs into his old foe.
John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William ... See full summary »
The Breslins (Jake, Emma, three boys, and nubile daughter) cross the plains in a covered wagon, then pause in a lawless western town where Jake is shot by gunslingers Arn and Jud. But folksy Judge Copeland persuades them to go on. At Break Wagon Hill, their wagon does the obvious and they homestead on the spot. We follow their trials and joys and those of neighbors, the Bascombs. Finally, violence reappears in the form of a pair of rustlers...our old friends Arn and Jud.Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[to the rustlers]
You better ride. I won't be responsible if you don't.
Hang on, listen to that tenderfoot lawyer man. You won't be responsible for what? Holding back these sodbusters?
Fort Laramie isn't that far away.
No soldiers are interested in judging me. They got Indians to fight. This is a country for men. A man carries a gun, he better be ready to use it.
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A couple of people who would obtain stardom in the 60s, actor Troy Donahue
and folksinger Rod McKuen are in the cast of this B western for Universal about
a pair of families the Breslins and Bascombs who settle in the west. Will Rogers,
Jr. is first billed in Wild Heritage but basically he doesn't do anything but watch
over the pioneer families. Rogers is a judge but they have no courts and no sheriff and really no law.
Which is why a couple of outlaw brothers can shoot the Breslin family patriarch
Paul Birch down and nothing done about it. Later on Stephen Ellsworth the
head of the Bascombs is killed in a wagon accident. Which leaves widows
Breslin and Bascomb played by Maureen O'Sullivan and Jeanette Nolan to
carry on and homestead with their kids.
The kids who are Gigi Perreau, Rod McKuen, Gary Gray, and George Winslow
for O'Sullivan and Troy Donahue and Judi Meredith for Nolan don't really get
along for the most part. But pioneer life and the elements of nature and the
common enemies of those two who shot down Birch make allies.
Wild Heritage is nothing spectacular, but it holds up well as a nice family film
even for today.
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