Young Land, The (1959): Ted Tezlaff’s Message Film, Starring Patrick Wayne (John’s Son) and Dennis Hopper

This message film was directed by Ted Tezlaff, based on a screenplay by Norman Shannon Hall.

John Wayne’s eldest son, Patrick Wayne (handsome, but not much of an actor) plays the sheriff of a small California town, who arrests Dennis Hopper for the murder of some innocent Mexicans.

As expected, the trial cause racial tensions and unrests

Oscar Nominations: 1

Song: Strange Are the Ways of Love, music by Dimitri Tiomkin, lyrics by Ned Washington

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winners were James Van Heusen and Sammy Cohn for High Hopes from the Frank Sinatra movie, A Hole in the Head.