Rock Hudson Western Pack: Horizons West (1952) / The Lawless Breed (1953)

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Horizons West (1952)
HORIZONS WEST is a colorful Universal Western directed by Budd Boetticher, starring Robert Ryan, Rock Hudson, and Julia (Julie) Adams, plus a slew of familiar faces in supporting roles. Dan (Ryan) and Neal (Hudson) Hammond return to Austin after the Civil War, along with their ranch's foreman, Tiny (James Arness). Neal and Tiny are happy to return to ranching life, and Neal has his eye on pretty Sally (Judith Braun). Dan, on the other hand, has no interest in ranching and wants to make money in a hurry. A big hurry...and he doesn't care how he does it. He also covets the beautiful wife (Adams) of a slimy Austin businessman (Raymond Burr). Dan is soon commanding an army of rustlers and taking over ranches, and Neal sides with the family's friends and neighbors to capture Dan and stop his reign of terror.

The Lawless Breed (1953)
The Lawless Breed is based on the exploits of Texas bad man John Wesley Hardin, played here quite convincingly by Rock Hudson. The film takes the Cecil B. DeMille approach of condemning evil by showing as much evil as the censor will allow. After nearly an hour of unrepentant perfidy, Hardin settles down to marry good woman Julie Adams. In middle age, he determines to steer his son clear of outlawry, resulting in a sentimental but non-maudlin finale. Directed by Raoul Walsh, who had given Rock Hudson his first screen role in Fighter Squadron, Lawless Breed was reportedly instrumental in landing Hudson as starring role in George Stevens' Giant (1956).