Classic Westerns

The Young Land (1959)

Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Actors: Ken Curtis, Dan O'Herlihy, Dennis Hopper, Yvonne Craig, Patrick Wayne
Runtime: 89 min.

In 1848, shortly after the end of the Mexican-American War, an American gunslinger in California kills a Mexican man. When the gunslinger goes on trial for murder, the local Mexican population eagerly awaits the verdict to see what kind of justice their new government has in store for them.

Trivia: The Young Land was nominated for a Best Original Song Academy Award. Patrick Wayne (Sheriff Jim Ellison) is the second son of John Wayne, he was a successful actor in his own right and made over 40 movies, this was his first leading role. Yvonne Craig (Elena de la Madrid) is best known for playing Bat Girl in the 1960s Batman TV show. Hollywood legend Dennis Hopper's (Hatfield Carnes) career took off after he directed and starred in the 1969 hit Easy Rider. Ken Curtis (Lee Hearn) is best known for playing Festus in the classic western TV series Gunsmoke.