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October 14, 2015
Bitterness can become a bad habit.

A southern mysterious man traveling with his mute son just want to stay out of the spotlight and get where they're trying to go; unfortunately, some men don't abide and the father ends up in court. A woman trying to operate a farm on her own comes to the father's rescue and pays for his release. He agrees to repay the gesture by working on the farm. The mysterious man and boy's direction take a drastic change.

"Friends of yours?"
"Worse. Neighbors."

Michael Curtiz, director of Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, We're No Angels, Yankee Doodle Dandy, White Christmas, The Breaking Point, and Bright Leaf, delivers Proud Rebel. The storyline for this picture is very entertaining and well done. I adored the characters and character development. The acting is excellent and the cast includes Alan Ladd, David Ladd, Dean Jagger, Olivia de Havilland, and John Carradine.

"You look at me when I talk to you."
"I'm looking but I don't see anything."

I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR this western classic. This was awesome and well done. I really enjoyed the character and the execution is better than most westerns. Curtiz adds a nice film to the genre. I recommend seeing this once.

"The dog is not for sale."

Grade: B+
½ August 3, 2015
I saw it last night on TCM and liked it...
½ August 2, 2015
good post civil war pic drama
½ July 9, 2015
The Proud Rebel is an incredible film. It is about a Confederate veteran living in the Yankee North who struggles with his son's shock induced muteness and the hate of the Northerners. Alan Ladd and Olivia de Havilland give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. Michael Curtis did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. The Proud Rebel is a must see.
May 15, 2015
Solid little wester that features and older Alan Ladd and Olivia de Havilland. I'm a big fan of both stars, so that helped my liking of this rather formula western quite a lot. Ladd is a ex-Confederate soldier in a post-Civil War old west, traveling with his mute son and in search of medical help for his son. Ladd is taken in by de Havilland who tames the hot headed Ladd, who also helps her fight off ranchers who want her land. Ladd is good but for me de Havilland steals the film. She exudes warmth and caring in a well developed character. Directed by Michael Curtiz, this one is a solid western for fans of the genre or the stars.
May 5, 2015
Starring Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland and David Ladd. Touching story of Southerner Ladd seeking medical help for mute son. De Havilland is the woman who takes in father and son. Good support from Dean Jagger as a compelling villain and the always-welcome presence of Cecil Kellaway as a small-town doctor. Beautifully photographed on location in Utah. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
September 25, 2014
The boy, David, is the focal point of this movie. The movie had a resounding impact on young boys coming of age in the late 50s and into the 60s. Its powerful impact at the time is what made it a successful movie. The many emotional ups and downs throughout the movie dealt with a wide variety of issues faced by a devoted war veteran father from the south, trying hard to steer away from violence as he travels the midwest seeking medical resolution to his traumatized son who had been struck by aphasia after witnessing his mother's burning death in a Civil War atrocity . Some of the issues viewers are exposed to include the tragedies during and after the Civil War, the western range wars, the disenfranchisement of the southerners, an evil rancher and his evil sons, a frontier love story, and a son-dog-father saga. The traumatized boy-cum-hero is superbly portrayed by child actor, David Ladd, who becomes the film's hero at the climatic gunfight at the end of the movie, saving his father, reuniting with his dog and regaining his voice. The developing love story between the father portrayed by the ever stoic and stiff Alan Ladd and the widower farmer portrayed by Olivia de Havilland, takes second stage to the tear-jerking scenes superbly portrayed by the boy in two scenes; when he learns that his father had sold his dog, and when he regains his ability to speak at the end of the movie. A well-crafted movie.
February 14, 2014
The script takes its sweet time bringing the three central conflicts together (Ladd's love for his son and the quest to treat his condition, the boy's love for his dog, and Ladd's burgeoning romance with de Havilland), and the sense of dramatic propulsion really suffers as a result. But without the forward momentum of an overly focused narrative, the film finds room for lots of lovely domesticity, which is appropriate for a film built around the care of people and the care of the land. The bond between the central cast members is not just effective, it's real, and the familial warmth anchors the movie, and lends a weight and power to the admittedly sentimental finale. The physical beauty of the production, the fine score, the able direction of Curtiz, a terrific supporting cast (including some excellent villainy from Dean Jagger and a very young Harry Dean Stanton, credited here as "Dean Stanton"), and one of the finest dog performances on film make this a beautiful western.
March 25, 2013
This is a lame excuse for a western. It's sort of a Shane Light. There's a fist fight over a dog at the beginning of the story. And it's a fight with sheep herders. Usually it's the cattle ranchers who are the bad guys. The main character is supposed to be from the south and the story is set at the end of the Civil War. But he doesn't have a southern accent. He has a young son who can't talk after seeing his mother die in a house fire during the war. He's charged with starting the fight with the sheep men and is fined. He doesn't have any money so a widow pays his fine and has him work on her farm. The dog is a border collie that can herd sheep. The sheep owner wants the dog and the widow's land. The rebel father needs money in order to take his son to a surgeon to get is voice back. The problem is that surgeons after the Civil War were butchers. Most people died from infections after surgery in the 1860's. And you can't cure someone who can't talk due to a traumatic experience with surgery. A local dog trainer offers him $300 for his dog. I wouldn't give $300 for a border collie in 21st century money much less 19th century money. $300 was a whole year's wage in the 1860's. At first he won't sell because the boy is too attached to the dog. Latter after a doctor is found he sells but doesn't tell his son. The dog won't work for anyone but his owner. The dog trainer loses the dog in a poker game to the son of the sheep herder. When the young boy returns from the trip to the doctor and still can't talk, the rebel father goes to get the dog back. The sheep herders decide to frame him for stealing the dog and kill him so they can force the widow off her land. They finally have a gunfight using Civil War era guns. When the sheep herder's son sneaks up behind the rebel father his son finally speaks and warns him in time to turn and shoot the sheep header's son. After the sheep herder starts shooting at the rebel father he is forced to shoot back and kill him.
½ September 7, 2010
THE PROUD REBEL (1958)
½ August 25, 2009
Gotta see Alan Ladd, favorite actor,well one of them,but he was the first
½ June 5, 2006
Exceptional western, very well cast and the direction by Michael Curtiz is excellent. Fine production values, and a well written story. Olive de havilland and Alan Ladd make a good pairing.
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