The Proud Rebel 1958 with Alan Ladd and Olivia De Havilland

This film is the story of a father (Alan Ladd), a Confederate veteran , and his mute son (David Ladd, ) who finds himself facing a 30-day jail sentence when he’s unfairly accused of starting a brawl in a small town

A local spinster (Olivia De Havilland) pays his fine , as father and son find shelter in a ranch , providing that he works it off on her farm .

Alan Ladd is searching for a doctor who can cure his son – the little boy had suffered frm a trauma which left him unable to speak

Alan Ladd finds himself involved in the struggle to keep Olivia De Havilland’s ranch from getting into the hands of local landowners -(Dean Jagger and Harry Dean Stanton) who are not pleasant characters.

The final showdown is exciting

I am surprised to see this US release going out with the British Hammer Film ‘The Abominable Snowman’ another film I like but it does seem an odd pairing. I remember ‘The Abominable Snowman’ being in VERY Wide screen – I think a process re-named as Hammerscope. No mention of Peter Cushing here – apparently the film was the first of many that Peter Cushing did for Hammer but ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’ was released first and did very well indeed at the Box Office in England and the USA. This one was not so successful

A Double Billed Western DVD issue – Never heard of ‘The Deadly Companions’ though

Back to ‘The Proud Rebel’ – Alan Ladd’s interpretation is top-notch alongside his son David Ladd . Olivia De Havilland comes over as a very warm character in a harsh environment.

Also what a Support cast – Dean Jagger , John Carradine , Cecil Kellaway , Mary Wickes and Harry Dean Stanton


The film is produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr and directed by Michael Curtiz

BELOW – A Close-up of Alan Ladd, who looks much older in this film but then again this film was made quite a few years after ‘Shane’ and films like ‘The Red Beret’

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