Best Western Movies of 1958

1.

The Big Country

5.6
7.9/10

Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is spoiled, selfish and controlled by her wealthy father, Major Henry Terrill. The Major is involved in a ruthless civil war, over watering rights for cattle, with a rough hewn clan led by Rufus Hannassey. The land in question is owned by Julie Maragon and both Terrill and Hannassey want it.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1958-09-30
2.

Terror in a Texas Town

3.6
6.8/10

Armed with a harpoon, a Swedish whaler is out for revenge after the death of his father. A greedy oil man trying to buy up the Swede's land might be the guilty party.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Mazzola, Nedrick Young
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1958-09-01
3.

Man of the West

3.6
7.2/10

Heading east to Fort Worth to hire a schoolteacher for his frontier town home, Link Jones is stranded with singer Billie Ellis and gambler Sam Beasley when their train is held up. For shelter, Jones leads them to his nearby former home, where he was brought up an outlaw. Finding the gang still living in the shack, Jones pretends to be ready to return to a life crime.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur O'Connell, Jack Lord
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1958-09-30
4.

Buchanan Rides Alone

3.5
6.9/10

A Texan pits a powerful family against itself to save a Mexican from hanging.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, Barry Kelley, Tol Avery, Peter Whitney
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1958-08-01
5.

The Sheepman

3.5
6.9/10

A stranger in a Western cattle-town behaves with remarkable self-assurance, establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with. The reason appears with his stock: a herd of sheep, which he intends to graze on the range. The horrified inhabitants decide to run him out at all costs

Starring: Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen, Mickey Shaughnessy, Edgar Buchanan
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1958-05-07
6.

The Bravados

3.5
7.0/10

The CinemaScope film was based on a novel of the same name written by Frank O'Rourke. Jim Douglas (Gregory Peck) is a rancher who has been pursuing the four outlaws who murdered his wife for six months. He rides into the town of Rio Arriba, where four men, Alfonso Parral (Lee Van Cleef), Bill Zachary (Stephen Boyd), Ed Taylor (Albert Salmi) and Lujan (Henry Silva), fitting the description are in jail awaiting execution, so that he can see the hanging. The town has issued instructions to only allow the hangman (Joe DeRita) to enter, so Jim is taken to Sheriff Eloy Sanchez's (Herbert Rudley) office to state his business. The town has never had an execution before, so they have brought in a man from outside town to do the job. The sheriff allows Jim into the jail to see the men. They claim they had never seen him before, but he has the face of a hunter.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Henry Silva, Lee Van Cleef, Andrew Duggan
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1958-06-25
7.

Saddle the Wind

3.4
6.6/10
Saddle the Wind
Steve Sinclair is a world a world-weary former gunslinger, now living as a peaceful farmer. Things go wrong when his wild younger brother Tony arrives on the scene with his new bride Joan Blake.
Starring: Robert Taylor, Julie London, John Cassavetes, Donald Crisp, Charles McGraw
Directed by: Robert Parrish, John Sturges
Release date: 1958-03-20
8.

The Proud Rebel

3.3
6.9/10
The Proud Rebel
Searching for a doctor who can help him get his son to speak again--the boy hadn't uttered a word since he saw his mother die in the fire that burned down the family home--a Confederate veteran finds himself facing a 30-day jail sentence when he's unfairly accused of starting a brawl in a small town. A local woman pays his fine, providing that he works it off on her ranch. He soon finds himself involved in the woman's struggle to keep her ranch from a local landowner who wants it--and whose sons were responsible for the man being framed for the fight.
Starring: Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland, Dean Jagger, David Ladd, Cecil Kellaway
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1958-07-01
9.

The Left Handed Gun

3.3
6.5/10

When a crooked sheriff murder his employer, William "Billy the Kid" Bonney decides to avenge the death by killing the man responsible, throwing the lives of everyone around him into turmoil, and endangering the General Amnesty set up by Governor Wallace to bring peace to the New Mexico Territory.

Starring: Paul Newman, Lita Milan, John Dehner, Hurd Hatfield, James Congdon
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1958-05-07
10.

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

2.8
6.1/10
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
The story centres around Jonathon Tibbs, the young son of a family of English gunsmiths. He travels to the American West in the 1880s to sell firearms to the locals. While there he inadvertently acquires a reputation of quickness on the draw due to his wrist mounted Derringer style weapon and from there the post of sheriff. He endeavours to clean up the town using what skills he has and by multilateral diplomacy.
Starring: Kenneth More, Jayne Mansfield, Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot, William Campbell
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1958-10-28
11.

Fort Dobbs

2.8
6.9/10
Fort Dobbs
An escaped prisoner helps a mother and her son flee marauding Indians. Director Gordon Douglas' 1958 western stars Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo, Richard Eyer, Brian Keith, Michael Dante and Russ Conway.
Starring: Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo, Brian Keith, Richard Eyer, Michael Dante
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1958-04-18
12.

The Light in the Forest

2.8
6.5/10
The Light in the Forest
A young white man who spent his whole life raised by a Native American tribe is sent to live with his true family and must learn to fit in with the people he was taught to hate.
Starring: Fess Parker, Wendell Corey, Joanne Dru, James MacArthur, Jessica Tandy
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Release date: 1958-07-08
13.

The Badlanders

2.8
6.4/10

Two men are released from the Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma in 1898. One, the Dutchman, is out to get both gold and revenge from the people of a small mining town who had him imprisoned unjustly. The other, McBain, is just trying to go straight, but that is easier said than done once the Dutchman involves him in his gold theft scheme.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, Katy Jurado, Claire Kelly, Kent Smith
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1958-09-03
14.

Gunsmoke in Tucson

2.7
5.6/10
Gunsmoke in Tucson
As young boys, two brothers, Jed (AKA: Chip) and John, witness their father being hung by a vigilante gang. Chip, angry and bitter, grows up to be an outlaw and leader of the feared Blue Chip Gang. John goes the other way and becomes a U.S. Marshal. Two brothers on opposite sides of the law, destined to become embroiled in an Arizona range war between cattlemen and farmers.
Starring: Mark Stevens, Forrest Tucker, Gale Robbins, Vaughn Taylor, John Ward
Directed by: Thomas Carr
Release date: 1958-12-07
15.

Showdown at Boot Hill

2.7
6.4/10
Showdown at Boot Hill
Bounty hunter Luke Welsh arrives looking for a wanted man. When that man draws on him he has to kill him. To collect his reward he needs a statement identifying him. But the man was well liked in town and no one will sign such a statement. When he outdraws another man who thought he was faster, some townsmen decide he should be killed and they organize a mob to go after him.
Starring: Charles Bronson, John Carradine, Carole Mathews, Robert Hutton, Fintan Meyler
Directed by: Gene Fowler Jr.
Release date: 1958-05-01
16.

From Hell to Texas

2.7
6.9/10

The naive cowboy Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of the powerful land baron Hunter Boyd. Tod runs for his life, pursued by the dead man's vengeful brothers. Tod shelters on the ranch of Amos Bradley and he falls in love with his daughter Juanita. However, Tod is concerned that he'll eventually have to leave when his pursuers catch up with him.

Starring: Don Murray, Diane Varsi, Chill Wills, Dennis Hopper, Jay C. Flippen
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1958-06-01
17.

Cattle Empire

2.6
6.2/10
Cattle Empire
After serving a five year prison sentence for allowing his men to destroy a town in a drunken spree, a trail boss is hired by the same town's leading citizen to drive their cattle to Fort Clemson. Complicating matters, a rival cattle baron also hires the cattle driver to lead his herd.
Starring: Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott, Don Haggerty, Phyllis Coates, Bing Russell
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1958-04-28
18.

The Saga of Hemp Brown

2.5
6.3/10
The Saga of Hemp Brown
Ex-army sergeant Jed Givens and his gang rob an army payroll shipment led by Lt. Hemp Brown. Givens kills a civilian woman and all the soldiers, leaving Brown alive to face a military tribunal in which he is branded a coward, stripped of all insignia and drummed out of the army. Brown sets out to track down Givens in an effort to clear his name.
Starring: Rory Calhoun, Beverly Garland, John Larch, Russell Johnson, Fortunio Bonanova
Directed by: Richard Carlson
Release date: 1958-09-04
19.

Fort Massacre

2.5
6.2/10

A cavalry troop finds itself under constant attack by Indians.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Forrest Tucker, John Russell, Denver Pyle, George N. Neise
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1958-05-01
20.

Tonka

2.5
6.5/10
Tonka
In Dakota territory in the 1870s, White Bull, a young Sioux, proves his manhood by catching and training a wild colt he names Tonka. When a cruel cousin claims the horse as the privilege of rank, White Bull lets Tonka go. The horse ends up in the hands of a captain in the US cavalry about the time that Sitting Bull gathers the tribes to confront the growing US presence, epitomized by the bigoted General Custer. All paths, including those of White Bull and Tonka, lead to the confluence of the Little and Big Horn rivers.
Starring: Sal Mineo, Philip Carey, Jerome Courtland, Rafael Campos, H.M. Wynant
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1958-12-25

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