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These Thousand Hills (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 8 May 1959 (Finland)
An ambitious cowboy will stop at nothing to get what he wants, including using the affections of two women.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Alfred Hayes (screenplay), A.B. Guthrie Jr. (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Murray ... Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans
Richard Egan ... Jehu
Lee Remick ... Callie
Patricia Owens ... Joyce
Stuart Whitman ... Tom Ping
Albert Dekker ... Marshal Conrad
Harold J. Stone ... Ram Butler
Royal Dano ... Ike Carmichael
Jean Willes ... Jen
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Storyline

Cowpokes Lat Evans and Tom Ping join a cattle drive to Wyoming. There, they win good money in a horse race and they decide to remain in town. In the local saloon, Evans befriends saloon girl Callie. Jehu, an unscrupulous rancher who uses Callie's services, resents Evans. Later, Evans and Tom Ping go into the hills to hunt wolves for their hides. During the harsh winter, the two friends encounter hard times and argue. They agree to split. Evans is attacked by a small group of Indians bent on stealing his horse. The Indians shoot Evans but the shot is heard by Ping who returns to save Evans from sure death. He takes the wounded Evans to the nearby town where Evans recuperates during the following months at Callie's home. In the spring, Evans is restless to become successful and asks the local banker, Marshal Conrad, for a loan to start his own cattle ranch. Callie gives Evans her life savings to help him secure a loan. He makes Tom Ping his partner. Evans' fortunes improve when his ... Written by nufs68

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All the fire . . . power . . . drama . . . of A.B. Guthrie's monumental best-seller!

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In a 1988 interview Lee Remick called this her "least favorite" film. See more »

Quotes

Jehu: I was figuring on a... on a quiet supper.
Callie: Not tonight.
Jehu: Well, now, that's twice today I bet on the wrong animal.
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Connections

Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

These Thousand Hills
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Randy Sparks
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Great Cast
20 March 2007 | by HomericSee all my reviews

Terrific production values. Great cast. Lackluster script. Terrible soundtrack. Something missing. Too clean and tidy. Not realistic in a strange sense. A melodrama western? Not a bad film just not a really good one and certainly not as good as it should have been given the great cast. Lots and lots of clichés. Main character is not really likable. Many loose ends. Underdeveloped characters. Worth watching for Lee Remick and Patricia Owens.

I can't put my finger quite on the reason why this film falls flat. There just isn't any sizzle or scenes that grab you. Perhaps it is because the role of Latt (the main character) is not sympathetic. He seems to change from a decent guy to a heel almost overnight, forgetting about his true friends. Then he redeems himself instantly at the end. People don't change back and forth and back again like that.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1959 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel dans la boue See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,645,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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