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Sierra (film)

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Directed byAlfred E. Green
Written byMilton Gunzberg (additional dialogue)
Screenplay byEdna Anhalt
Based onnovel The Mountains Are My Kingdom by Stuart Hardy
Produced byMichael Kraike
StarringWanda Hendrix
Audie Murphy
Burl Ives
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byTed J. Kent
Music byWalter Scharf
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 1, 1950 (1950-06-01) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

Sierra is a 1950 American Technicolor Western film directed by Alfred E. Green and starring Wanda Hendrix, Audie Murphy and Burl Ives.[1] The film was based on the 1937 novel The Mountains Are My Kingdom by Stuart Hardy.


Jeff Hassard (Dean Jagger) and his son Ring (Audie Murphy) lead an isolated existence in the mountains breaking horses, because Jeff is wanted for a murder he did not commit. Their lives are interrupted when they stumble upon a young woman, Riley (Wanda Hendrix). When Jeff is injured, Ring has to go into town to get help.



Wanda Hendrix was billed over Audie Murphy in the credits. They were married when the film was made, however their marriage was short and tumultuous, and the two were separated before the film was even released. According to various interviews and articles on the film, Murphy was suffering from what would eventually come to be known as post-traumatic stress disorder, which resulted in his often erratic and unpredictable behavior.

Parts of the film were shot in Kanab Canyon, Aspen Mirror Lake, Duck Creek, Cascade Falls, and Cedar Breaks in Utah.[2]:288


  1. ^ Sierra at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  2. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: A history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

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