The Young Land

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The Young Land ★½ 1959

Less-than-inspiring western does feature a good performance by Hopper as malcontent bully Hatfield Carnes. Carnes kills a respected Mexican in a barroom gunfight in 1848 California and sheriff Jim Ellison (Wayne) is quick to call territorial judge Isham (O'Herlihy) to ensure a fair trial—with the rest of the Spanish-speaking town looking on in skepticism. Based on the story “Frontier Frenzy” by John Reese. 88m/C VHS, DVD . Dennis Hopper, Patrick Wayne, Dan O'Herlihy, Yvonne Craig, Ken Curtis, Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez; D: Ted Tetzlaff; W: Norman S. Hall; C: Winton C. Hoch, Henry Sharp; M: Dimitri Tiomkin.