The Burning Hills
|The Burning Hills|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Stuart Heisler|
|Produced by||Samuel Bischoff|
|Written by||Louis L'Amour (novel)
|Music by||David Buttolph|
|Cinematography||Ted D. McCord|
|Edited by||Clarence Kolster|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Box office||$1.5 million (US)|
The Burning Hills is a 1956 Warner Bros. CinemaScope Western based on a 1956 novel by Louis L'Amour. The film features young stars popular with the teenagers of the time such as Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood and has a strong emphasis on the importance of tracking.
When Trace Jordan's brother is murdered and several of their horses stolen, Trace sees by the tracks that three men are involved. One man was wearing Mexican spurs, one walked with a limp, and one smokes cheroots. Upon arriving in the town of Esperanza, Trace sees a destroyed sheriff's office and discovers the only law in Esperanza is Joe Sutton. He also discovers that the stolen horses have been rebranded with the Sutton brand, and their riders who match the description of their tracks work for Sutton. Trace enters Joe Sutton's (Ray Teal) ranch and wounds him in a shooting.
The enraged Sutton sends his son Jack (Skip Homeier), his foreman Ben (Claude Akins) and ten ranch hands to track down Trace before he goes to an Army fort to bring law to Esperanza. Wounded in his escape, Trace is helped by courageous half Mexican woman Maria Colton (Natalie Wood). Unable to locate the hidden Trace, Joe Sutton enlists a half Indian tracker Jacob Lantz (Eduard Franz).
"Tracking is the art of being able to see something that's out of place" - Lantz
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
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