The Alan Ladd Blogathon – The Proud Rebel (1958)

This post is part of The Alan Ladd Blogathon being hosted by Pale Writer

Tnx for letting me participate!

“No. No. There is always hope… and faith. Does he have faith Mr. Chandler?” – Dr. Enos Davis

“Some…” – John Chandler

“Cause they need a lot of it, though they can become awfully bitter. and bitterness can become a bad habit.” – Dr. Enos Davis

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A widower from the South takes his mute son to a doctor in Illinois with the hope that he will be able to cure him, but the locals don’t take well to the fact that they came from the south.

My Take on it – For this blogathon, I had to do a bit of research since I wasn’t familiar with any of Alan Ladd’s performances besides his most famous one as Shane (1953).

After having seen him play a cowboy so spectacularly in that film, I was curious to see if he could once again.

This film tries to show the way that racial and territorial tensions remained high even years after the Civil War between people of the North and the South.

Ladd does a nice job in the lead role and is quite sympathetic as a single parent trying to do what is best for his young son who became mute after seeing his own mother die in a fire.

This movie has a great supporting cast that is pretty talented.

It was great seeing Harry Dean Stanton, Cecil Kellaway and Dirk Jagger in important roles.

What makes this work even better is the great chemistry between Ladd and co star Olivia De Havilland especially since they are easily able to make us believe that the situations that they become involved in could potential lead to a romance ad it doesn’t feel tacked on at all.

Bottom Line – Nice depiction of how even years after the end of the Civil War, racial and territorial tensions were still high between the people of the North and the South.  Ladd is great in the lead and allows us to feel much sympathy for his situation as he does his best as a single parent trying to raise his mute son who hasn’t spoken ever since his wife was killed in a fire.  The supporting cast is quite talented and I loved seeing Stanton, Kellaway and Jagger in important roles. The chemistry between Ladd and co star De Havilland is superb and it’s easy to believe that the situation they find themselves in could lead to more romance.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Olivia De Havilland, Alan Ladd was a bit afraid to star in this movie because of Mike Curtiz reputation to be harsh with actors. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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4 thoughts on “The Alan Ladd Blogathon – The Proud Rebel (1958)

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  2. Gosh I love this film. And I am so glad that you felt that Alan and Olivia were well suited. I absolutely agree that their chemistry is the heart of the film. I so love the ending when Alan’s real life son David says his dad’s character’s nickname. Just melts my little gooey heart. Thanks so much for taking part, Rob 🙂

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