Mail Order Bride (1964 film)
|Mail Order Bride|
|Directed by||Burt Kennedy|
|Produced by||Richard E. Lyons|
|Written by||Van Cort (story)
|Release date(s)||March 11, 1964|
|Running time||83 minutes|
|Box office||$1,250,000 (US/ Canada)|
Mail Order Bride is a 1964 western film starring Buddy Ebsen, Keir Dullea and Lois Nettleton, directed by Burt Kennedy. An old man who pressures the wild son of a dead friend into marrying a mail-order bride in an attempt to settle him down.
Retired lawman Will Lane promises to look after a dying friend's son. He is given the deed to the man's Montana ranch and instructed not to let the friend's son, Lee Carey, have it until Lee gives up his immature ways.
One provision is that Lee must marry. Lane uses a catalog to look for a suitable wife. He ends up finding Annie Boley, a widow from Kansas City with a six-year-old son.
Lee agrees to marry her, with ranch hand Jace as his best man, but assures Annie that their marriage will be in name only, with no other marital obligations. Lane learns that Jace has been stealing cattle. Lee refuses to believe it until Jace proposes they rustle together and leave the ranch in ruins.
But after a fire is set by Jace with the woman and boy still inside the house, Lee rescues them and comes to his senses. He now has a family and vows to rebuild the ranch, so Lane hands him the deed and rides home to Kansas City.
- Buddy Ebsen as Will Lane
- Keir Dullea as Lee Carey
- Lois Nettleton as Annie Boley
- Warren Oates as Jace
- Barbara Luna as Marietta
- Paul Fix as Sheriff Jess Linley
- Marie Windsor as Hanna
- Denver Pyle as Preacher Pope
- "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39. Please note this figure is rentals accruing to distributors, not total gross.
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