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Frame Rate:
24 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
83 min
IMDB Rating:
6.7 / 10 
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Directors: Alfred E. Green [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Ring Hassard and father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie because Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. But things change when they take in a lost young lady, Riley Martin, who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is injured, Ring runs afoul of horse thieves and the law, and Riley (who turns out to be a lawyer) labors to clear the Hassards; but others would prefer them dead. —Rod Crawford


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Russell Metty

This early Audie Murphy western for Universal has Murphy as the feral son of Dean Jagger, a man "everyone knows" committed murder and then fled. No one believes in his innocence except for lawyer Wanda Hendrix (they were married at the time, but broke up soon after production ended).

Directed by Alfred Green, this movie is a master class in Technicolor camerawork by DP Russell Metty. The opening sequence in Cedar Breaks National Monument looks like an oil painting; the night scenes look like Rembrandt, and the entire movie has the rich, black undertoning that disappeared from the Technicolor lexicon soon after. Metty's reputation as an artist with the camera would continue to rise until he won an Oscar for SPARTACUS; his later work was mostly on undistinguished movies and distinguished TV specials. He died in 1978 at the age of 71.

There is quite a supporting cast, including Burl Ives -- who sings a few songs -- Tony Curtis, Sarah Allgood and James Arness. Mostly, though, I just enjoyed Metty's work.

Hassard County

Handsomely photographed on location under blue Technicolor skies by Russell Metty shortly before he brought high contrast gloss to his work with Douglas Sirk. The presence of Burl Ives sauntering in and out of the action (occasionally resembling Sancho Panza straddling a mule) singing and strumming a guitar marks this out as a piece of Americana rather than a conventional Audie Murphy western. Centre stage are baby-faced newlyweds Murphy and Wanda Hendrix (both of whom died young), while sixth-billed 'Anthony' Curtis gets a few lines but no close-ups.

"watch my make up"!

And sadly, despite a great write up, it didnt, for this household, at least, get any better. A young woman riding alone in them there hills comes across a young man, shes lost and he takes her home, without any change of clothing and no make up bag the next few scenes her lipstick is bright RED!. Then, to add a spot of light relief Burl Ives turns up singing. In the final few minutes the truth does come out that "dad" didnt shoot a chap in the back 15 years earlier. Theres a whole load of dialogue, lots of chasing after the horses, some good photography, but not much of a script, even the presence of Curtis and Arness dont improve things. You wont miss much if you choose to watch this - i caught it on a rainy day when I had hoped for a better movie!
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