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The Proud Rebel
The Proud Rebel
Actors: John Carradine, Olivia De Havilland, Henry Hull, Dean Jagger, Cecil Kellaway
Director: Michael Curtiz
Genres: Westerns, Drama, Television, Military & War
NR     2006     1hr 39min

This psychological, romantic drama stars Alan Ladd as Civil War Veteran John Chandler. He roams the frontier in search of a doctor who can cure his young son, who has not spoken a word after a traumatic shock during the wa...  more »

     
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Actors: John Carradine, Olivia De Havilland, Henry Hull, Dean Jagger, Cecil Kellaway
Director: Michael Curtiz
Genres: Westerns, Drama, Television, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Love & Romance, Family Life, Classic TV, Military & War
Studio: Critic's Choice
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/29/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1958
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1958
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A Family Western
James L. | 08/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the story of a Southern father, played by Alan Ladd, who is heading North (just after the Civil War) to find medical treatment for his mute son, played by David Ladd. The boy underwent some trauma during the war that has left him unable to speak. When the elder Ladd gets into trouble, farmwoman Olivia de Havilland bails him out with the judge, leading to his working on her farm to pay off the debt. She's having trouble with her neighbour Dean Jagger, so she needs all the help she can get. The Proud Rebel is a well made family western, with a little more emphasis on the family than on the western. Since they were, of course, a real life father and son, the Ladds have an excellent, real chemistry together on screen as well, with much quiet emotion. The younger Ladd is especially good in his role, delivering a very natural, believable performance. As the independent farmwoman, Olivia de Havilland may not seem to be the likely choice, but she is terrific in her characterization, bringing a mixture of warmth and toughness to her, as well as some good chemistry with both the Ladds. Director Michael Curtiz balances the action with the family relationships and sentiment, and the result is a film well worth viewing."
A fine, sensitive movie
James L. | 02/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Proud Rebel is a fine story. Alan Ladd and his son are perfect in their roles; the senior Ladd bringing to Rebel much of the same characterization he brought to "Shane." A good watch, and worth having in a home library."
The proud rebel
Betty Statler | Burlington, Colorado | 03/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My husband and I went to a theater in Toas New Mexico. That was in August of 1958. We enjoyed the movie very much. I'm sure we will enjoy having it to watch again."
A family drama
bookloversfriend | United States | 07/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Alan Ladd is a veteran who has returned from the war to find his house destroyed, his wife dead and his son missing. He finally locates his son in an orphanage, but his son is so traumatized from watching his mother killed and his home destroyed that he cannot utter a single word.

Ladd packs up what is left of the family treasures (he was, before the war, a well-to-do man) and sets out, consulting one doctor after another, trying to find one who can cure his son.

His search leads him to a small town where a lone woman owns a farm. This strong-willed woman is played, oddly enough, by Olivia de Havilland, and she plays the part as convincingly as all the sweet-woman roles she has played. When he hears of a doctor in Rochester, Minnesota who might be able to cure his son, Olivia volunteers to take the boy there, while Ladd guards the farm from a neighbor who has been trying to force the woman out and grab her land.

There are surprises and a tense action sequence at the end. Unlike the Amazon spoiler, I won't tell you how it comes out. But it's a satisfying and convincing ending.

The son, by the way, is played by David Ladd, Alan's real-life son. David said in a documentary on Alan Ladd that playing that movie with his father was one of the high points of his life. See Alan Ladd: True Quiet Man. It's a must for all fans of Alan Ladd and for those who wonder why this magnetic actor was so under-used and wasted by the studio system.
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