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The Burning Hills (1956)

When Trace Jordan's brother is murdered by members of the land-grabbing Sutton family he vows to report this injustice to the nearest Army fort.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Irving Wallace (screenplay), Louis L'Amour (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tab Hunter ... Trace Jordan
Natalie Wood ... Maria-Christina Colton
Skip Homeier ... Jack Sutton
Eduard Franz ... Jacob Lantz
Earl Holliman ... Mort Bayliss
Claude Akins ... Ben Hindeman
Ray Teal ... Joe Sutton
Frank Puglia ... Tio Perico
Hal Baylor ... Braun
Tyler MacDuff ... Wes Parker
Rayford Barnes Rayford Barnes ... Veach
Tony Terry Tony Terry ... Vincente Colton
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Storyline

Trace discovers the body of his brother Jerry and confronts Mr. Sutton, the crook responsible for his brother's death. In self-defense, Trace shoots Mr. Sutton. Sutton sends his henchmen to hunt and kill a wounded and fleeing Trace. Maria, a half-breed Mexican girl whose father was murdered by Sutton, becomes Trace's companion in flight. Written by Kelly

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Romantic adventure of the early West! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1957 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Heuvels in vlammen See more »

Filming Locations:

Keyesville,California,USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1956
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Tab Hunter's autobiography, studio executives were so displeased by Natalie Wood's "Mexican" accent that they even considered dubbing in another actress's voice. See more »

Goofs

When Trace Jordan (Tab Hunter) investigates the mine tunnel in the story, he tells Maria (Natalie Wood) that he found an exit at the far end covered by brush. She states that she didn't know there was an exit, but later in the story as the Sutton men chase Trace and Maria through the tunnel, Maria's brother is waiting for them on the other side. See more »

Quotes

Maria Christina Colton: They think they can treat me like those girls in the dance hall.
Trace Jordon: I'm sorry. I know how you must feel.
Maria Christina Colton: You can't. You are a man.
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Clichéd and full of filler
3 December 2011 | by audiemurphSee all my reviews

Ugh. This is one tiresome Western. Now I love Westerns, but not this one. There is not an iota of clever dialogue, just a boatload of clichés. Tab Hunter, though not unsympathetic, has an emotional range that makes Audie Murphy (my hero) look like Lawrence Olivier. Natalie Wood, though beautiful, has a Mexican accent that sounds heavy Slavic more than anything. The fight scenes go on waaaaay too long, and there is too much filler of men riding horses.

The only saving graces are the character actors who make the best out of almost nothing. Skip Homeier is delightfully obnoxious and weaselly as always (see The Gunfighter, for his most memorable role); Claude Akins is dependable; and Earl Holliman looks and sounds like he is Larry the Cable Guy's younger and thinner brother.

An odd sub-theme in this film, though not fully explored, is mixed-race breeding. Natalie Wood's mother was Mexican, but her father was a "Yankee" (though she hates all Gringoes). And Eduard Franz's tracker has a mother who is Indian, but a father who is Dutch(!). Weird.

Unless you are desperate for a Western fix, skip it, or be prepared to use your fast-forward a lot.


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