Review: ‘The Walking Hills’

An intriguing theme, good cast and tight direction combine to make The Walking Hills an out-of-the-way westerner.

An intriguing theme, good cast and tight direction combine to make The Walking Hills an out-of-the-way westerner.

Opening in a Mexican border town, yarn introduces eight men who accidentally stumble on some information pointing to the location in the desert of a 100-year-old wagon train loaded with bullion.

Major portion of the film concerns the digging for the treasure and developing hatreds among the men.

Screenplay’s attempt to handle the cross-currents of greed for gold and a three-way romantic tangle is not fully successful due to a slightly hazy plot structure. But the main outlines of a sharp human conflict are made to emerge nonetheless. Mainly responsible for this are John Sturges’ controlled and modulated direction and standout performances.

The Walking Hills

Production

Columbia. Director John Sturges; Producer Harry Joe Brown; Screenplay Alan Le May, Virginia Roddick; Camera Charles Lawton Jr; Editor William Lyon; Music Arthur Morton

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 78 MIN.

With

Randolph Scott Ella Raines Arthur Kennedy John Ireland William Bishop Edgar Buchanan
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