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Untamed Frontier

Untamed Frontier(1952)

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The working title of this film was The Untamed. According to a December 24, 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, star Joseph Cotten injured his back at the end of the shooting schedule. The exact nature of his injury and the extent, if any, of the shooting interruption has not been confirmed. Suzan Ball (1933-1955) made her screen acting debut in the film. For additional information on Ball, see entry above for Chief Crazy Horse. Actor Fess Parker, later famous for his portrayal of historical figures Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on respective television series, also made his feature film debut in Untamed Frontier. A Hollywood Reporter news item and production chart list Antonio Moreno as part of the cast, but he did not appear in the final film. Several reviews noted the similarities between this film and the 1947 David O. Selznick picture Duel in the Sun (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50), both of which feature a cattle baron who defends his land against homesteaders and an innocent working girl who falls in love with a rogue but eventually learns to love the rogue's more scrupulous relative.