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Sierra (1950)

Approved | | Western | 1 June 1950 (USA)
Hiding in the mountains from the law, father and son break wild horses until a lost female lawyer joins them to help clear their name, but some would rather see them dead.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Stuart Hardy (novel), Edna Anhalt | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Ring Hassard
Wanda Hendrix ... Riley Martin
Burl Ives ... Lonesome
Dean Jagger ... Jeff Hassard
Richard Rober ... Big Matt Rango
Tony Curtis ... Brent Coulter (as Anthony Curtis)
Houseley Stevenson ... Sam Coulter
Elliott Reid ... Duke Lafferty
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Hank Robbins
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Susan
Roy Roberts ... Sheriff Knudsen
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Tom Hogan
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Jonas
Erskine Sanford ... Judge Prentiss
John Doucette ... Jed Coulter
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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. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Western

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Trivia

On September 29, 1949, four horses were injured and two killed while shooting a horse stampede scene. That same day, a 30-minute rainstorm caused a flash flood, which ruined about $10,000 of Technicolor photographic equipment. Hendrix came to the filming with a still-painful broken foot she had suffered earlier. She had nosebleeds and shortness of breath from the altitude in Utah, and in one scene, she was stung on the neck by yellow jackets. Murphy, already troubled with ulcers, nightmares, and PTSD from his war experiences, had severe cracked and blistering on his lips from the sun and literally could not smile due to the pain. Because Universal felt this was too noticeable on screen at times, after main production ended, a few of his scenes were re-shot later at Universal Studios. Main filming ended on October 3 and the next day, back in Hollywood, Hendrix announced that she and Murphy were separated. See more »

Goofs

The herd of 500 horses is barely even 100 horses. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Audie Murphy: Great American Hero (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

DRIFT ALONG
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Burl Ives
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An average Audie Murphy western with Burl Ives' music
5 February 2019 | by gsmith-22151See all my reviews

It has been a number of years since I have seen this film, but it contained a number of songs by Burl Ives I have never heard elsewhere. For me Burl Ives' music made an average film quite memorable. I would really like to buy a DVD, or even a VHS of it. The first concert I ever attended was a Burl Ives concert in Ames Iowa about 1958. the last was one of his last, in Lubbock Texas, about a year before his death.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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