|Guns of the Timberland|
|Directed by||Robert D. Webb|
|Written by||Joseph Petracca|
|Based on||Guns of the Timberlands|
by Louis L'Amour
|Produced by||Aaron Spelling|
|Cinematography||John F. Seitz|
|Edited by||Tom McAdoo|
|Music by||David Buttolph|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Guns of the Timberland is a 1960 American Technicolor lumberjack Western film directed by Robert D. Webb and starring Alan Ladd, Jeanne Crain, Gilbert Roland and Frankie Avalon.
Logger Jim Hadley and his lumberjack crew are looking for new forest to cut. They locate a prime prospect outside the town of Deep Wells. The town's residents, led by Laura Riley, are opposed to the felling of the trees, believing that losing them would cause mudslides during the heavy rains.
Louis L'Amour's novel Guns of the Timberlands was published in 1955 and sold more than one million copies. Alan Ladd's film production company Jaguar optioned the novel that same year. The working title for the film was "Shasta."
In 1957, it was announced the film would be produced from a script by David Victor and Herbert Little, with Albert J Cohen as producer. Ladd had worked with Aaron Spelling on two TV pilots, and Spelling's work so impressed Ladd that he made Spelling a producer on the picture. Robert Webb was signed to direct.
Ladd offered a lead role to Van Heflin, hoping to reunite with his costar from Shane. He also wanted to cast Raymond Burr. Jeanne Crain and Gilbert Roland were signed to support Ladd, along with the Ladds' daughter Alana.
Frankie Avalon, following his recent hit single Venus, signed to make his dramatic debut in the film. Avalon later said, "I'm sure the reason why Warner Bros. said, 'Let's get this kid' is that he has lots of fans out there and he's getting 12,000 to 15,000 fans letters a week. 'Let's put him in a picture with a guy like Alan Ladd'." Avalon's performance led to his casting in The Alamo.
Filming started in April 1959 on location in and around Blairsden, California, Graeagle, California and other locations throughout Plumas County. The scenes involving the steam engine and railroad cars were shot on the Western Pacific Railroad right-of-way. The scene in which the steam engine goes over the tall "bridge" pictured the Clio Trestle.
Filming finished in June 1959.
In the film, Avalon sings two songs, "The Faithful Kind" and "Gee Whiz Whillikins Golly Gee." Both were released as a 45-rpm single in 1960.