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Lure of the Wilderness

4.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Jim Harper (on the run from the law for a murder he didn’t commit) and his young daughter Laurie hide out near a swamp, while trapper Ben Tyler tries to clear the old man’s name and the real culprits try finding him. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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  • Actors: Jean Peters, Jeffrey Hunter, Walter Brennan
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Writers: Louis Lantz
  • Producers: Robert L. Jacks
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D6I7JEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I saw this movie long time ago, precisely in springtime 1958. when I was 12 years of age and was more than pleased, so I puchased this DVD to renew my childhood memories. I am glad to say that after all these years this movie did not lose any of it's allure (no pun intended) for me. The story is compelling and plausible the cast is excellent, ms Peters is beautiful and late mr. Hunter is handsome and manly enough to be convincig in his role. Late mr. Brennan is, well, good as ever. Last but not least there is the best villain in history of american cinematografy unforgettable mr. Elam. I recommend this movie to all as nice afternoon entertainment. Tehnically, DVD is very good, picture and sound are very good an of course there is old glorious tehnicolor, the best color system that was ever invented.
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This is an excellent color print from Fox Archives. It is a very unusual and exciting drama with a very good Jeffrey Hunter and Jean Peters, a favorite of mine. Taking place in the Florida Everglades in the early 1900's, the color photography is beautiful and does not contain any of the expected adventure normally associated with the Everglades. Very different and very good.
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Set in the Georgia swamps of the early 1900s, a young man (Jeffrey Hunter) gets lost in the swamps looking for his dog. He's captured by a long time fugitive (Walter Brennan) from the law and his young daughter (Jean Peters) who have been hiding in the swamps for years. Eventually, he feels a bond with the two and promises to find a good lawyer to reopen the fugitive's case. If the story sounds familiar, it's a remake of Jean Renoir's 1941 SWAMP WATER, this time in Technicolor but with Brennan playing the same role he played in the 1941 film. While enjoyable, it's simply not as good as the Renoir film although the screenplay and Jean Negulesco's direction follow the original quite closely. While Technicolor enhances the film's Okefenokee Swamp locations, most of the actors (Hunter in particular) give rather enervated performances though Constance Smith as Hunter's spiteful fiancee is good and Brennan, no surprise, is just fine. There's a decent score by Franz Waxman. With Tom Tully, Jack Elam and Will Wright.

The Fox MOD DVDr is an above average transfer. The clarity is very good and, for the most part, the colors are nicely rendered.
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This was terrific. Loved the story and Jean Peters was more than a match for Jeffrey Hunter. Two very strong actors that complimented each other beautifully. Fun story and a good movie. I really enjoyed this one.
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Who knew the great Franz Waxman scored this remake of "Swamp Water"? A curiosity, with Jean Peters as a girl on the run with resentments and distrust, Walter Brennan as her father (!), and Jeffrey Hunter as the handsome lad who befriends them. Constance Smith, who Fox top-billed but has little to do, seems to be an attempt to duplicate the allure of Maureen O'Hara, but she fails completely in a thankless part. Jeffrey Hunter is a better actor than perhaps he is given credit for. Not without interest, particularly if you are a 20th Century-Fox fan who grew up on "Saturday Night at the Movies" on NBC beginning in 1961.
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Everything about this was likable. The fear of the unknown, the hate and bigotry that can be ginned up in a mass of people, how important our Law of Justice is, that women too can be survivors....They can shoot, survive in non-civilization, they can think and strategize and are not just weak pretty airheads.
The background was really good too.
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I have wanted this movie ever since the first time I saw it & it didn't come out in DVD at first so, I was so happy to finally see it. The way the town treats these people is evil. Walter Brennan is great in it as the man who was in trouble for a crime he did not commit. Thanks to Jeffrey Hunter for trying to help him.
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This film scared the daylights out of me as a kid. I was always wanting to see it again to see if my perceptions back-in-the-day would hold up today. They did. Excellent film with an excellent cast. Hunter, Peters, Brennan, Elam, what else could you ask for.
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