|GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND (STAMPEDE) (director: Robert D. Webb; screenwriters: Aaron Spelling/Joseph Petracca/from the novel by Louis L'Amour; cinematographer: John F. Seitz ; editor: Tom McAdoo; music: David Buttolph; cast: Alan Ladd (Jim Hadley), Jeanne Crain (Laura Riley), Gilbert Roland (Monty Welker), Frankie Avalon (Bert Harvey), Noah Beery (Blackie), Verna Felton (Aunt Sarah), Alana Ladd (Jane Peterson), Lyle Bettger (Clay Bell); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Aaron Spelling; Warner Archives; 1960)|
|"Routine logger versus rancher
by Dennis Schwartz
logger versus rancher story. Robert D. Webb ("The
Cape Town Affair"/"Love Me Tender"/"The Proud Ones")
directs. Writers Aaron Spelling and Joseph
Petracca adapt it from a novel bt Louis L'Amour.
partners Alan Ladd and Gilbert Roland search for
timber in the Northwest frontier town of Deep
Wells. The locals greet them with hostility. The
ranchers urge them not to cut down their trees, but
they do so anyway despite the dangers to the land.
Both sides use dynamite on each other. When
horse-trader rancher beauty Jeanne Crain's ward
Frankie Avalon is almost killed by the loggers, Ladd
relents. But the obstinate Roland refuses. This causes
a split in the partnership. Roland eventually gets
killed and Ladd gets engaged to Crain, and they leave
town. It ends with a forest fire.
weak film, but teen idol Frankie sings a few tunes
such as "Gee Whiz Willikers Golly Gee," "The
Faithful Kind" (Mack David, Jerry Livingston), "Cry
Timber" (Sy Miller).
REVIEWED ON 3/29/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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