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The Young Land (1959)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 1 May 1959 (USA)
An American gunslinger kills a Mexican man in California immediately after the Mexican-American war. The killer is arrested and put on trial for murder with the Hispanic population waiting to learn of American justice.



(screenplay) (as Norman Shannon Hall), (story "Frontier Frenzy")

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Complete credited cast:
... Sheriff Jim Ellison (as Pat Wayne)
... Elena de la Madrid
... Hatfield Carnes
... Judge Millard Isham
Roberto De La Madrid ... Don Roberto de la Madrid
Cliff Ketchum ... Deputy Marshal Ben Stroud
... Lee Hearn
... Deputy Santiago
Ed Sweeny ... Sully / Kelly (as Edward Sweeny)
John Quijada ... Vaquero
Miguel Camacho ... Miguel
Tom Tiner ... Charlie Higgins, Court Clerk
Carlos Romero ... Francisco Quiroga
Eddie Juaregui ... Drifter (as Edward Juaregui)
The Mariachis Los Reyes De Chapala ... Mariachis


An American gunslinger kills a Mexican man in California immediately after the Mexican-American war. The killer is arrested and put on trial for murder with the Hispanic population waiting to learn of American justice.

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The trouble maker... The law maker... Both not old enough to vote!


Adventure | Western


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1 May 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ebrio de odio  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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[first lines]
Hatfield Carnes: Now you talk big, Mex. Let's see if you got guts enough to draw on a white man.
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Strange Are the Ways of Love
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Randy Sparks
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Surprisingly Good B Oater
19 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

I got The Young Land in a one of those 20 western packages and was not expecting much out of it, especially since the lead was a very young Patrick Wayne. Let's face it, no sane film maker would have given him a lead in any movie if he weren't the Duke's son. I expected him to be perfectly awful, but he didn't live up to my worst expectations. He was what used to be termed charitably as "adequate". Well, almost so.

But the movie had such good production values and such a good supporting cast for young Wayne, it was thoroughly entertaining. The best surprise in the works was a Dimitri Tiomkin score. Also excellent were the sets, the cinematography, the costumes, and the props. The down to earth dialog, the characterization, the dress, and the props all combined the give it an authentic look and feel, even though it was not actually authentic in detail. For instance, all the revolvers were correctly cap and ball models, but not the ones that were available in 1848. Amusingly, Wayne was shown loading his rifle in the muzzle, which was appropriate to the time period, but the rifle was obviously a Sharps, which was a breach-loader! Never mind-- E for effort in that department.

Wayne's supporting cast was the movie's best asset. Denis Hopper did his usual disgusting, whining psycho. He was a one-note actor, but he did that well. Yvonne Craig as Wyane's Spanish girl friend was merely decorative, but she was very good at that, I should say! Dan O'Herlihy as the no-nonsense judge dominated the proceedings in more ways than one. Ken Curtis showed that he had possessed quite a range as an actor back in the days before he turned into Festus Haggen. But the actor who really stole the show was Cliff Ketchum, as the quiet but deadly marshal, the judge's right hand man. He was truly authentic. He reminded me of one of those old time rural Texas lawmen I used to know when I was a kid -- scrawny, dried-up, past middle age guys. They didn't look like much but could be tougher than any punk who might come along.

The Young Land had good production values, a great score, a good story, colorful characters, and just the right mix of action and drama. This enjoyable oat-burner was a bargain at the 25 cents I paid for it. Which is more than I can say for some of the lasagna-burners keeping it company in that 20- western pack.

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