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Western Horizons: Universal Westerns of the 1950's (Horizon's West / Saskatchewan / Dawn at Socorro / Backlash / Pillars of the Sky) - TCM Vault
Discs in this Set:
13311Horizons West / 13312Saskatchewan / 13313Dawn at Socorro / 13314Backlash / 13315Pillars of the Sky
Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios Home Entertainment proudly present Western Horizons: Universal Westerns of the 1950s-an unprecedented collection of five big-budget, Technicolor Westerns featuring many of the finest actors and directors the genre has ever known.

With strong supporting performances by such screen legends as Raymond Burr, Dennis Weaver, Lee Van Cleef, William Campbell, Harry Morgan, Ward Bond and Lee Marvin, this collection unites many of the finest talents ever to work in Westerns.

Horizon's West (1952)
Robert Ryan and Rock Hudson star as brothers on opposite sides of the law in post-Civil War Texas. Neil Hammond (Hudson) returns from the war to his life of ranching, while older brother Dan (Ryan) returns with ambitions as outsized as the Lone Star State. When Dan loses his business seed money to gambler Cord Hardin (Raymond Burr), he turns to rustling. However, ill-gotten gains prove tenuous and Dan's empire begins to crumble when brother Neil is named the new Marshall. Directed by Budd Boetticher, the film boasts a stellar supporting cast.

Saskatchewan (1954)
Alan Ladd and Jay Silverheels (television's Tonto) are blood brothers whose bonds are tested when marauding Sioux Indians cross the border to enlist the peaceful Cree in a battle against the Great White Father. Canadian Mountie Thomas O'Rourke (Ladd) and his men must lead the sole survivor of a Sioux massacre, Shelley Winters, to safety across the border in Montana. Director Raoul Walsh and cinematographer John F. Seitz set the tense tale against a stunning Technicolor vision of the Canadian Rockies.

Dawn at Socorro (1954)
This spin on the oft-filmed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral stars Rory Calhoun as cardsharp Breet Wade, whose friendship with sibling peacekeepers Harry (James Millican) and Vince McNair (Scott Lee) puts him in the crosshairs of outlaw Tom Ferris (Stanley Andrews) and his three sons including the fierce and vengeful Earl (Lee Van Cleef). Piper Laurie plays a saloon girl Wade aims to save along the way in this action-packed Technicolor adventure directed by George Sherman.

Backlash (1956)
Hard-bitten wanderer Jim Slater (Richard Widmark) rides the range seeking to avenge his father's death. Along the way he meets frontier widow Karyl Orton (Donna Reed), who is being hunted by gunslinger Johnny Cool (William Campbell). The unlikely duo endures various hardships as Slater comes to suspect his father died from something more sinister than an apparent Apache ambush. Director John Sturges (who would later helm Bad Day at Black Rock and The Magnificent Seven) lends this serpentine tale of revenge a heavy dose of atmosphere.

Pillars of the Sky (1956)
First Sergeant Emmett Bell (Jeff Chandler) faces off with Apache chieftain Kamiakin (Michael Ansara) in this nuanced portrayal of racial tensions between Native Americans and white settlers in 1860's Oregon Country. Bell must lead his men and civilian charges (including Dorothy Malone and Ward Bond) on a mad dash to federal sanctuary. Directed by George Marshall (Destry Rides Again, How the West Was Won), this tale of frontier survival is truly an action thriller set against widescreen western horizons.

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