The Burning Hills

The Burning Hills

Stuart Heisler (1956)

PG Certificate


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This minor western stars Tab Hunter as a farmer seeking vengeance after his brother is murdered on the orders of a ruthless rancher. Natalie Wood plays the Mexican/American girl who nurses him when he's shot. Casting these two young and pretty things to star in a western was unusual in those days, a studio ploy to lure teenagers away from their dance halls and TV sets. Consequently, Hunter takes off his shirt while Wood takes on an interesting accent. Hunter proves himself a rather anaemic hero, though his popularity later gained him his own TV show. In the 1980s, he was resurrected in several camp comedies starring alongside Divine.


A settler finds his brother's body and accuses a ruthless cattle baron of killing him, resulting in a gunfight that leaves both men injured. The settler flees with the help of a feisty half-Mexican woman, whose father was also murdered by the villain - but they still have to outwit a posse of pursuing gunmen. Western, with Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Skip Homeier and Claude Akins.

Cast & Crew

Trace Jordan Tab Hunter
Maria Colton Natalie Wood
Jack Sutton Skip Homeier
Ben Hindeman Claude Akins
Mort Bayliss Earl Holliman
Jacob Lantz Eduard Franz
Joe Sutton Ray Teal
Tio Perico Frank Puglia
Director Stuart Heisler
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video