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Guns of the Timberland (1960)

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


Robert D. Webb


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




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


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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The Story That Tore The Vast Timber Country Apart! See more »




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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 »


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 »


Laura Riley: [showing Jim Hadley a deserted ghost town] Look around you, Hadley. This was once a thriving town, just like Deep Well. It was called "Green Meadows." That's funny, isn't it?
Jim Hadley: [soberly] I don't think so.
Laura Riley: Clay, my foreman, was born and raised in this town. He wanted to be a rancher, like his father before him. But he never got the chance. The loggers came and stripped all the trees from every mountain around here. They destroyed the watershed, but of course, that didn't matter to them. The first ...
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Late Ladd vehicle still delivers the goods
3 September 2013 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

Of the five reviews contributed here for GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND so far, four are quite negative, so today, on the date of Alan Ladd's centennial, please allow me to balance out the critical consensus. I'm a big fan of Ladd and a huge fan of westerns (I've reviewed a few dozen on IMDb) and I had a good time with this film, which I watched on TCM when it aired last week. Sure, Ladd was old and tired and near the end of his career, but he still has that movie star quality that put him at the top of the box office chart so consistently in the 1940s and early '50s. There's a sense of sincerity and conviction he brings to every role he played. We believe him. Here he plays the fair-minded boss of a logging crew at odds with neighboring ranchers in timber country. The ranchers have powerful arguments against logging and one can't help but agree with them. One of the ranchers, a pretty but tough lady named Laura Riley (well played by Jeanne Crain), even gives Ladd a tour of a ghost town that was made uninhabitable by flooding after logging on adjacent hills led to erosion and mud slides. Ladd listens to the arguments and eventually gets into a confrontation with his stubborn partner, Monty, played by Gilbert Roland, leading to an action-packed forest fire climax.

The plot moves well, is reasonably suspenseful, and boasts lots of action. We see plenty of train action, trees falling, and the dynamiting of a mountain pass at one point, all enhanced by extensive location shooting. The townsfolk present a united front against the loggers, leading to a big brawl in town in one sequence where the loggers have come on a Saturday night to take over the saloon. One of the ranchers is played by Lyle Bettger, who usually played particularly vicious heavies in westerns throughout the 1950s. (He's Ike Clanton in GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL.) He masterminds a couple of devious maneuvers against the loggers here, but he's actually, overall, a good guy, which is quite surprising.

Ladd would have turned 100 today (September 3, 2013), but died 50 years ago, in January 1964, from a lethal (and probably accidental) combination of alcohol and pills. He had a good run in Hollywood for 20 years and made far more films I like than films I didn't. He was a quintessential Hollywood movie star, studio-created but fan-supported. He may not have had much range, but was very dependable within his range and always gave the fans what they wanted.

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Release Date:

1 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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Guns of the Timberlands See more »

Filming Locations:

Reno, Nevada, USA See more »

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Jaguar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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