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Guns of the Timberland (1960)

Passed | | Adventure, Western | 1 February 1960 (USA)
Feud between ranchers and lumberjacks over the issue of environment protection versus profits.

Director:

Robert D. Webb

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), Joseph Petracca | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alan Ladd ... Jim Hadley
Jeanne Crain ... Laura Riley
Gilbert Roland ... Monty Walker
Frankie Avalon ... Bert Harvey
Lyle Bettger ... Clay Bell
Noah Beery Jr. ... Blackie (as Noah Beery)
Verna Felton ... Aunt Sarah
Alana Ladd Alana Ladd ... Jane Peterson
Regis Toomey ... Sheriff Taylor
Johnny Seven ... Vince
George Selk ... Amos Stearns
Paul E. Burns ... Bill Burroughs
Henry Kulky ... Logger
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Storyline

Alan Ladd stars in a Western from novelist Louis L'Amour. The conflict between loggers and ranchers in a western town turns violent when the ranchers believe the lumberjacks, led by Jim Hadley (Ladd--Shane), will destroy their rangeland in search of a quick profit.

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Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns of the Timberlands See more »

Filming Locations:

Reno, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaguar Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film producing debut for Aaron Spelling. NOTE: Alan Ladd (I) had been so impressed by Spelling's work on two television pilots that he gave Spelling his first film producing job. See more »

Goofs

White Bread - in an early scene, one of the townspeople, outside of the stable, is eating a sandwich made with sliced white bread. In the era that the novel and movie were supposed to represent, not only was processed white bread not a thing, bread did not come sliced. See more »

Quotes

Bert Harvey: Women... I'm surrounded by 'em.
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Probably the worst film Alan Ladd ever made...
8 April 2000 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Alan Ladd is cast as Jim Hadley, who, with his crew of lumberjacks, is looking for a new forest to cut... But Hadley and crew soon find that they will have to fight for their next load of wood...

The residents of the valley town of Deep Wells, led by Laura Riley (Jeanne Crain), realize that without the natural protection provided by the surrounding woodlands, their ranches and homes would be buried by mudslides during the first heavy rains...

The interests of the inhabitants to drive out the intruders start with their refusal to give horses or supplies of any kind, and increases to blow out the logging road...

Although the obligatory spark of romance lights up between Hadley and Riley (as the lady rancher is called), the two remain at cross purposes. The efforts of the townspeople to force the intruders to move on begin with denials of horses and supplies and escalate to the dynamiting of the logging road...

Hadley, bracing himself for a fight, still insists on legal means to reach the lumber. But his hotheaded partner, Monty (Gilber Roland) favors a more direct approach...

The fast friendship between the two loggers is strained to the breaking point when Monty decides to open the road by the method that closed it: dynamite...

The film, set against some spectacular scenery, and climaxed by a forest fire, remains a routine and simple outdoor melodrama... Frankie Avalon's musical numbers are among the more ludicrous moments in an already sorry film... As Avalon's love interest, Alana Ladd is cute but makes no great impression as an actress...


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