Treasure of Ruby Hills

Treasure of Ruby Hills is a 1955 American black-and-white western film directed by Frank McDonald and starring Zachary Scott, Carole Mathews, Barton MacLane, Dick Foran, and Lola Albright.[1][2][3][4] The film is based on the story "The Rider of the Ruby Hills" by Louis L'Amour.[5] He wrote the story under the pen-name Jim Mayo; the story was later expanded as the novel Where the Long Grass Blows in 1976.

Treasure of Ruby Hills
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank McDonald
Produced byWilliam F. Broidy
Written byTom Hubbard
Fred Eggers
Based on"The Rider of the Ruby Hills"
by Louis L'Amour
StarringZachary Scott
Carole Mathews
Barton MacLane
Dick Foran
Lola Albright
Music byEdward J. Kay
CinematographyJohn J. Martin
Edited byAce Herman
William F. Broidy Productions
Distributed byAllied Artists
Release date
  • January 23, 1955 (1955-01-23) (United States)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film is set in 1877 in Arlington. In the government-owned Ruby Hills Valley all the small landowners and ranchers are dispossessed of their property by two wealthy breeders, Chalk Reynolds and Walt Payne, who continue to wage war for total control of the area. Hills. Their henchmen do not hesitate to kill others to establish the supremacy of their leaders. Their war is turned upside down by the arrival of Ross Hayne, the son of a famous outlaw, who legally acquired part of the area with the only source of water capable of supplying the valley. When Hayne's partner is shot by Reynolds' henchman, Hayne goes to Ruby Hills for revenge. He discovers that a third man, Alan Doran, intends to take control of the place after the death of the two clans who are supposed to destroy each other. Hayne becomes involved in a deadly fight for land and water.[6]



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  2. "TREASURE OF RUBY HILLS (1955)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. "Treasure of Ruby Hills". KinoPoisk (in Russian). Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. "Treasure of Ruby Hills". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  5. "TREASURE OF RUBY HILLS". Louis L'Amour Collector. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  6. Pitts, Michael R. (2012). Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 367. ISBN 9781476600901. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
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