|SIERRA (director: Alfred E. Green; screenwriters: Edna Anhalt/Milton Gunzberg/from the novel Mountains Are My Kingdom by Stuart Hardy; cinematographer: Ralph Metty; editor: Ted Kent; music: Walter Scharf; cast: Audie Murphy (Ring Hassard), Dean Jagger (Jeff Hassard), Wanda Hendrix (Riley Martin), Richard Rober (Big Matt Ringo), Burl Ives (Lonesome), Elliott Reid (Duke Lafferty), Tony Curtis (Brent Coulter), Roy Roberts (Sheriff Knudsen), Erskine Sanford (Judge Prentiss), Griff Barnett (Dr. Robbins), Houseley Stevenson (Sam Coulter), John Doucette (Jed Coulter), Ted Jordan (Jim Coulter), Jim Arness (Sam Coulter), Sara Allgood (Mrs. Jonas), Elisabeth Risdon (Aunt Susan); Runtime: 83; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Michael Kraike; Universal-International; 1950)|
Western unimaginatively directed by Alfred E. Green."
by Dennis Schwartz
Western unimaginatively directed by Alfred E. Green
("Baby Face"/"The Jolson Story"/"Top Banana"). It's
written by Edna Anhalt & Milton Gunzberg,
and is based on the novel Mountains Are My Kingdom by
Stuart Hardy. Slow-paced and dull, enlivened only by a
medley of Burl Ives folk songs and the beautiful
location photography by Ralph Metty. A young
Audie Murphy, the former war hero, has a strong
physical presence but is limited in range as an actor.
story has Jeff Hassard (Dean Jagger)
falsely accused of murder years ago, hiding out with
his angry young son Ring (Audie Murphy) in the hills
of Sierra Vista, where they break wild mustangs. When
tomboy lawyer Riley Martin (Wanda Hendrix)
gets lost in the hills she stumbles upon the father
and son. Trying to bring the upper-crust gal home and
trying to get medical help for his dying dad, results
in Riley taking the case to prove Jeff innocent.
Warning: spoiler in
Ives plays a singing prospector who also lives in the
hills. Richard Rober plays the villain, a crooked ranch foreman who
rustles horses and in a deathbed confession confesses
he killed Harvey Jonas and not Jeff.
REVIEWED ON 8/2/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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