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Wild Heritage (1958)

Approved | | Western | August 1958 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Emma Breslin
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Dirk Breslin
Casey Tibbs ...
Rusty - Trail Boss
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Callie Bascomb (as Judy Meredith)
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Jesse Bascomb
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Talbot Breslin
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'Missouri' Breslin
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Hugh Adam David Breslin
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Ma (Janet) Bascomb
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Jacob 'Jake' Breslin
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Lawrence Dobkin ...
Josh Burrage
Stephen Ellsworth ...
Bolivar Bascomb
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Born of lawless men and lusty women...theirs was a WILD HERITAGE See more »

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Western

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August 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Rides This Trail  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Judge Copeland: [to the rustlers] You better ride. I won't be responsible if you don't.
Jud (Rustler): Hang on, listen to that tenderfoot lawyer man. You won't be responsible for what? Holding back these sodbusters?
Judge Copeland: Fort Laramie isn't that far away.
Arn, (Rustler): 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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Abide With Me
Music and lyrics by Henry F. Lyte (1947)
Sung by Maureen O'Sullivan, Rod McKuen, Gary Gray, Gigi Perreau and George Winslow at a campfire after the funeral of their husband and father.
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Really poor
8 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Okay, there's some nice scenery and the film is in color. And Will Rogers Jr. is in it, to some degree. That's the good stuff. All the rest is just bad. The story is weak and the characters are basically uninteresting and unlikeable. The worst tomatoes must be cast at Rod McKuen, who is so unappealing to look at or listen to, he's just got nothing positive going for him. Worse than that, if possible, is George Winslow as the youngest Breslin brother. I would have never guessed that a twelve-year-old growing up in wild territory could be so fat. Chances are in real life a kid in that situation would have been pretty stringy. Additionally, he's a terrible actor. His charm in his earlier days always escaped me and here he's even worse.

Don't waste your time. Maureen O'Sullivan sure picked a stinker here.


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