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The Proud Rebel (1958)

Olivia de Havilland , Alan Ladd , Michael Curtiz  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Olivia de Havilland, Alan Ladd, David Ladd
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TJWDP8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After his son, David (Golden Globe® Winner David Ladd), goes mute following a tragedy, John Chandler (Alan Ladd, Shane) combs the country in search of a doctor who can help him speak again. But when John must repay a debt to a female farmer (Two-Time Academy Award® Winner Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress), the Chandler's trip is put on hold as they work in the fields alongside their talented and loyal sheep dog, Lance. When John receives news that a doctor may be able to help David, he is happy to find a cure but concerned about financing the trip. Now he must make the difficult decision between treating his son or preserving the friendship between the boy and his dog.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Family Western August 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is the story of a Southern father, played by Alan Ladd, who is heading North (just after the Civil War) to find medical treatment for his mute son, played by David Ladd. The boy underwent some trauma during the war that has left him unable to speak. When the elder Ladd gets into trouble, farmwoman Olivia de Havilland bails him out with the judge, leading to his working on her farm to pay off the debt. She's having trouble with her neighbour Dean Jagger, so she needs all the help she can get. The Proud Rebel is a well made family western, with a little more emphasis on the family than on the western. Since they were, of course, a real life father and son, the Ladds have an excellent, real chemistry together on screen as well, with much quiet emotion. The younger Ladd is especially good in his role, delivering a very natural, believable performance. As the independent farmwoman, Olivia de Havilland may not seem to be the likely choice, but she is terrific in her characterization, bringing a mixture of warmth and toughness to her, as well as some good chemistry with both the Ladds. Director Michael Curtiz balances the action with the family relationships and sentiment, and the result is a film well worth viewing.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine, sensitive movie February 12, 2000
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Proud Rebel is a fine story. Alan Ladd and his son are perfect in their roles; the senior Ladd bringing to Rebel much of the same characterization he brought to "Shane." A good watch, and worth having in a home library.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a family drama July 23, 2007
Alan Ladd is a veteran who has returned from the war to find his house destroyed, his wife dead and his son missing. He finally locates his son in an orphanage, but his son is so traumatized from watching his mother killed and his home destroyed that he cannot utter a single word.

Ladd packs up what is left of the family treasures (he was, before the war, a well-to-do man) and sets out, consulting one doctor after another, trying to find one who can cure his son.

His search leads him to a small town where a lone woman owns a farm. This strong-willed woman is played, oddly enough, by Olivia de Havilland, and she plays the part as convincingly as all the sweet-woman roles she has played. When he hears of a doctor in Rochester, Minnesota who might be able to cure his son, Olivia volunteers to take the boy there, while Ladd guards the farm from a neighbor who has been trying to force the woman out and grab her land.

There are surprises and a tense action sequence at the end. Unlike the Amazon spoiler, I won't tell you how it comes out. But it's a satisfying and convincing ending.

The son, by the way, is played by David Ladd, Alan's real-life son. David said in a documentary on Alan Ladd that playing that movie with his father was one of the high points of his life. See Alan Ladd: True Quiet Man. It's a must for all fans of Alan Ladd and for those who wonder why this magnetic actor was so under-used and wasted by the studio system.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "QUALITY OF DVD" Review February 21, 2006
"HBO" Edition of this movie has Clear Video and Sound Quality. I recommend purchasing "HBO" dvds instead of most of these unknow/little-known companies that appear to be making bad copies of vhs tapes (this is my opinion only).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Reel Enterprises issue of this film has the initials "RE" prominently writen right on the film all the way through it, or as far as I watched it before returning it. The color was also faded. After returning it for that reason, I bought the Synergy Ent. version. The color is far better. Although the issuing company also put some writing right on the screan, it is very light and not nearly as distracting as the RE version. The film itself is excellant, very reminiscent of "The Yearling" in its tone. Fine acting all around. Ruining a movie by putting your name or initials, or other writing on it, is not acceptable when it is done on television, but when you are purchasing a movie it is intolerable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A boy and his dog, and his dad October 13, 2009
First a word about 'gray market' DVDs--
Often, transfers are not of the highest quality. The movies themselves are unrestored and rarely pristine (but still watchable), extras are non-existent and inclusion of artwork or liner notes varies by manufacturer.

Michael Curtiz's THE PROUD REBEL is a family-oriented western. This high-quality production stars Alan Ladd, his 11-year-old son David and Olivia de Havilland, who as sheep rancher Linnett Moore accurately appears without noticeable makeup or modern hairstyle.

The Ladds portray father and son, John and David Chandler. David hasn't spoken a word since he witnessed his mother's death in a Civil War fire incident. John thinks some doctor somewhere can cure the boy. In their wanderings up north, John gets into a fight caused by others, and an unsympathetic judge sentences him to either pay a fine or spend 30 days in jail. Miss Moore makes a deal with John to cover his fine in exchange for a month's work on her ranch. A close friendship develops from this employment contract.

When the obligation to her is fulfilled, John elects to stay on with Linnett after her barn is torched by the sons (Stanton and Pittman) of Harry Burleigh (Jagger), the rancher who got him in trouble with the law. John asks Linnett to take David to a doctor in Rochester, Minn. while he guards her home, but needs to quickly raise three hundred dollars travel expenses. He sells David's dog, Lance without the boy's knowledge.

David undergoes an apparently unsuccessful surgery in Minnesota and returns only to learn that his beloved pet is gone. To set things right with his angry son, John searches for the dog and finds that Burleigh now owns it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Actor Who Can
It is unfortunate that a great actor like Alan Ladd has to see his fine work given new life (instead of a full restoration),as this one by Echo Bridge that diminishes the visual... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gene Cisco
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
good story, excellent performance
Published 7 days ago by Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, enjoyable movie
Good plot,enjoyable movie.
Published 14 days ago by HAPPYMAN100
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome family movie
Published 20 days ago by paul todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a great older western movie.
Published 22 days ago by Hound dog
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If you want to watch a typical feel good western this fits the bill.
Published 26 days ago by hasdar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great western.
I have not seen an Alan Ladd movie that I have not liked but this one was really good I think that anyone that enjoys a western will like this one.
Published 1 month ago by Jammy H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Alan Ladd
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I saw this film when I was a kid and wanted to watch it again so ordered it. As a huge Alan Ladd fan this one is particularly enjoyable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Wilkerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Western--pick the 1958 one.
Oddly, when we went to watch The Proud Rebel on Amazon instant video, we were presented with a 1957 version and a 1958 version that was 10 minutes shorter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bob C
4.0 out of 5 stars The Proud Rebel.
An oldie but a goodie. Definitely a feel good movie. Produced back in the day when it was not politically incorrect to have a Confederate soldier in your heritage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jackarm
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