Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Produced by Alan Ladd's own Jaguar company, The Big Land stars Ladd as Texas cattleman Morgan. As a means to expedite shipment of his stock to Missouri, Morgan convinces several Kansas farmers to build a small town as a railroad link between the Rio Grande and Kansas City. He is opposed in this by crooked cattle buyer Brog (Anthony Caruso), who realizes that any speed-up of Morgan's shipments will increase livestock prices. Surprisingly, Alan Ladd seems tired and listless throughout the proceedings; in fact, Virginia Mayo, cast as a saloon hall gal, delivers the film's liveliest performance. Still, the Ladd name brought in plenty of business, encouraging the star to stick with westerns well into the next decade.
bad-guy, benefit [event], cattle, cattlemen, challenge, concert, conflict, cowboy, development, farming, good-guy, hatred, land, lynching, outrage, owner, performer, railroad, ranch, rock-music, settler, stampede, thug, town, train [locomotive], violence, weapons