Guns of the Timberland (1960): Robert Webb’s Technicolor Western, Starring Alan Ladd, Jeanne Crain, and Frankie Avalon in First Role

Robert D. Webb directed Guns of the Timberland, a Technicolor Western, starring Alan Ladd, Jeanne Crain, Gilbert Roland and Frankie Avalon.

Guns of the Timberland
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Theatrical release poster

In 1955, Alan Ladd’s film production company, Jaguar, optioned Louis L’Amour’s novel, which sold over a million copies.

The working title for the film was “Shasta.”

Logger Jim Hadley (Alan Ladd) and his lumberjack crew are looking for new forest to cut. They locate a prime prospect outside the town of Deep Wells. The residents of Deep Wells led by Laura Riley (Jeanne Crain) are opposed to the felling of the trees, believing that losing them would cause mudslides during the heavy rains. Conflict between the town’s residents and the loggers is inevitable.

Alan Ladd as Jim Hadley
Jeanne Crain as Laura Riley
Gilbert Roland as Monty Welker
Frankie Avalon as Bert Harvey
Lyle Bettger as Clay Bell
Noah Beery Jr. as Blackie (as Noah Beery)
Verna Felton as Aunt Sarah
Alana Ladd as Jane Peterson
Regis Toomey as Sheriff Taylor
Johnny Seven as Vince
George Selk as Amos Stearns
Paul E. Burns as Bill Burroughs
Henry Kulky as Logger


TCM showed the movie on Jan 28, 2021.