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These Thousand Hills (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 8 May 1959 (Finland)
An ambitious cowboy will stop at nothing to get what he wants, including using the affections of two women.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Alfred Hayes (screenplay), A.B. Guthrie Jr. (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Murray ... Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans
Richard Egan ... Jehu
Lee Remick ... Callie
Patricia Owens ... Joyce
Stuart Whitman ... Tom Ping
Albert Dekker ... Marshal Conrad
Harold J. Stone ... Ram Butler
Royal Dano ... Ike Carmichael
Jean Willes ... Jen
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Storyline

Cowpokes Lat Evans and Tom Ping join a cattle drive to Wyoming. There, they win good money in a horse race and they decide to remain in town. In the local saloon, Evans befriends saloon girl Callie. Jehu, an unscrupulous rancher who uses Callie's services, resents Evans. Later, Evans and Tom Ping go into the hills to hunt wolves for their hides. During the harsh winter, the two friends encounter hard times and argue. They agree to split. Evans is attacked by a small group of Indians bent on stealing his horse. The Indians shoot Evans but the shot is heard by Ping who returns to save Evans from sure death. He takes the wounded Evans to the nearby town where Evans recuperates during the following months at Callie's home. In the spring, Evans is restless to become successful and asks the local banker, Marshal Conrad, for a loan to start his own cattle ranch. Callie gives Evans her life savings to help him secure a loan. He makes Tom Ping his partner. Evans' fortunes improve when his ... Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

All the fire . . . power . . . drama . . . of A.B. Guthrie's monumental best-seller!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1959 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Aceste mii de dealuri See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,645,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a 1988 interview Lee Remick called this her "least favorite" film. See more »

Quotes

Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans: How do you think all those big ranches got started? Honest?
Tom Ping: How did they?
Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans: By stealing horses. Yeah, a fella down in Gold Creek once showed me how. All you need is a jackknife or a hot iron, and you just change the brand.
Tom Ping: There must be a way to get rich without stealing.
Albert Gallatin 'Lat' Evans: That's what the fella in the poorhouse said.
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

These Thousand Hills
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Randy Sparks
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Talky but Worthwhile
11 May 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A TCF western means it's well produced on a bigger budget than most oaters. On the whole, it's a good movie, a little slow and talky, but then the story's a strong one. I like the way we follow Lat's (Murray) climb up the economic and social ladder. He's a 19th century entrepreneur, starting out with very little but with some good moneymaking ideas for becoming a rancher. Still, he needs start-up money, which he gets from dance hall girl Callie (Remick), who he romances.

With money in hand, he embarks on becoming a success, along with buddy Tom (Whitman). The trouble is that success causes him to lose some perspective, and he starts looking down his nose at Callie and Tom, and romancing society girl Joyce (Owens). Thus his challenge is not only in confronting bad guy Jehu (Egan), but in recognizing the moral debts he owes to those folks who helped him along the way. Thus, the story is more rewardingly complex than with most westerns.

Murray's boyish charm reminds me of a young Jimmy Stewart, and wisely the script doesn't require him to be the toughest guy in town. The movie also looks like an effort at promoting him into a studio star since he gets a lot of screen time on top of a strong supporting cast that ranges from a poignant Remick to the always commanding Dekker. There's also some of the most compelling scenery this side of the Happy Hunting Grounds (too bad IMDb doesn't credit the locations!). On the whole, it's a good western if you don't mind a lot of talk along with some good action, especially the dramatic lynching scene.


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