Jim Hadley has a government grant to cut timber near the high-country town of Deep Well, and thats what he and his callous lumbermen insist they'll do. But the townspeople, knowing the ruinous watershed destruction that follows such clear-cutting, resistHadley setting in motion a clash of wills and force. The quiet authority that marks the Western performances of Alan Ladd (Shane) is on display in this tale based on a novel by renowned cowboy chronicler Louis L'Amour. Ladd portrays Hadley, whose resolveand heart are tested by a buckskin-jacketed rancher (]eanne Crain of Pinky and A Letter to Three Wives) who helps lead the struggle to protect Deep Well. Gilbert Roland and teen heartthrob Frankie Avalon round out the top-billed cast, and Aaron Spelling- on his way to becoming a giant of TV production with an imposing career that would last into the mid-2000s produces and coscripts the Technicolor movie.
Alan Ladd, Jeanne Crain, Gilbert Roland, Frankie Avalon. Louis L’Amour’s classic novel gives life to a serious conflict between loggers and ranchers as they go head to head with explosives and guns in order to claim a piece of prime land. But the chief logger begins to think differently when, by accident, they almost blow up the head rancher’s daughter. Directed by Robert D. Webb. 1960/color/98 min/NR/widescreen.