The Wild and the Innocent

The Wild and the Innocent

Jack Sher (1959)

12 Certificate


Our Score
In this comedy western, Audie Murphy and Sandra Dee play a couple of innocents from the mountains who find themselves out of their depth in an unruly town. The film is nicely shot in CinemaScope, which lends this Universal co-feature a scale that makes it seem more expensive than it obviously is. Also on hand are tough and sexy Joanne Dru, whose experience of character roles in John Ford and Howard Hawks westerns is put to good use here, and the always watchable Gilbert Roland. It's not one of Murphy's best efforts, but not unwatchable and agreeably short.


A naive beaver trapper finds himself with an unwanted travelling companion in the shape of a woman fleeing her family. They leave their mountain home for a nearby town, but find their first taste of city living harder to cope with than expected, especially when they fall foul of a crooked sheriff. Comedy Western, starring Audie Murphy and Sandra Dee.

Cast & Crew

Yancy Hawks Audie Murphy
Rosalie Stocker Sandra Dee
Marcy Howard Joanne Dru
Sheriff Paul Bartell Gilbert Roland
Cecil Forbes Jim Backus
Uncle Lije Hawks George Mitchell
Chip Peter Breck
Ben Stocker Strother Martin
Director Jack Sher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains some violence.
Comedy Drama