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Horizons West (1952)

Approved | | Western | 11 October 1952 (USA)
Two brothers end up on opposite sides of the law in post-Civil War Texas.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writer:

Louis Stevens (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Ryan ... Dan Hammond
Julie Adams ... Lorna Hardin (as Julia Adams)
Rock Hudson ... Neil Hammond
Judith Braun Judith Braun ... Sally Eaton
John McIntire ... Ira Hammond
Raymond Burr ... Cord Hardin
James Arness ... Tiny McGilligan
Dennis Weaver ... Dandy Taylor
Frances Bavier ... Martha Hammond
Tom Powers ... Frank Tarleton
John Hubbard ... Sam Hunter
Rodolfo Acosta ... General José Escobar Lopez
Douglas Fowley ... Ed Tompkins
Walter Reed ... Layton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Eli Dodson
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Storyline

Home from the Civil War, young Neal Hammond is happy to return to Texas ranching, but brother Dan wants more. His attempt to enter business is thwarted when carpetbagger Cord Hardin beats and humiliates him in a poker game. So Dan forms a rustling gang and parlays his ill-gotten gains into a land empire. But among the growing opposition to his gang is the new Marshal of Austin...brother Neal. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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LAWLESS RUTHLESS DEFIANCE! (original print ad - all caps)

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Texas Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Ryan was only two years younger than John McIntire, who played his father. See more »

Connections

Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

ALEXIS, DARLIN' OF TEXAS
Written by Inez James and Sidney Miller
Sung by Judith Braun
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Hammond Family Values
18 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Horizons West casts Robert Ryan and Rock Hudson as the Hammond brothers, Confederate veterans of the Civil War who take different lessons from losing the conflict. Rock just wants to go back and settle down with their parents John McIntire and Frances Bavier and make their cattle ranch pay. Robert Ryan does not like being on the losing side and wants to be rich and powerful.

Only problem is that Yankee carpetbaggers like Raymond Burr are grabbing everything in the South that's of any value. After a humiliating poker defeat from Burr, Ryan vows to get even and get Julie Adams who is Burr's wife and whom he takes a fancy to.

Budd Boetticher directed this and while Boetticher is more famous for some of the features he did with Randolph Scott, this one has a lot to recommend it. Ryan gives a powerful performance as a man twisted by both revenge and defeat. He does defeat Burr, but in the process loses his humanity and his family though he gains Adams for what good that does him in the end.

This western is also has a dubious distinction of boasting performances by James Arness and Dennis Weaver before they co-starred in Gunsmoke. Arness plays a Confederate veteran friend of both Hammond brothers who gravitates to Hudson. Weaver is another Confederate veteran who becomes Ryan's second in command in the rustling gang he first organizes in his quest for power.

Horizons West still holds up well for today's audiences. Recommended highly for western fans, Budd Boetticher fans, and Robert Ryan fans.


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