After accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a New Orleans woman flees to a Caribbean island. While she awaits her fiancé, the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her.
William A. Wellman
A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders, while his two crusty companions try and save him from falling in love. Written by
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Although this film was re-released theatrically under its original title, it was re-titled 'Blazing Arrows' when it was sold to television, most likely to protect the theatrical re-release which was still in progress in many territories. One of its earliest television broadcasts occurred 12 September 1953 in Seattle on KING-TV (Channel 5); in Albuquerque, it was chosen to be the first program broadcast on the newly launched KOOL-KOY (Channel 10) Saturday 24 October 1953; in Detroit it was was first telecast Friday 16 October 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York Monday 1 February 1954 on KCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 4 July 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4). In San Francisco, it hit the airwaves Wednesday 22 June 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »
He ain't been himself for the last three days. I've been watching him pretty close. Yesterday, he only had eleven drinks.
And he's been a-working too. Doing things he don't have to do.
She's got him all right.
Let's get drunk!
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Opening card: "In the days of the Civil War, the hard-won frontier country west of the Mississippi needed supplies. There were no railroads. Shipping had been tied up by the war. The burden of Transportation was taken up by trains of freight wagons - - Fighting Caravans banded together for the dangerous trip to California." See more »
"Fighting Caravans", while an "A" picture in presentation, is a "B" picture in spirit. Even allowing for the fact that talkies had only been around for a few years when this film came out in 1931, it's still very much rooted in silent-era melodrama, even though some comedy scenes between veterans Ernest Torrance and Tully Marshall are injected in an attempt to lighten things up. Gary Cooper is effective, if still a bit hesitant in delivering his lines, and his love interest Lili Damita is pretty and sexy but wildly miscast and not up to the job. The film had two directors, and it's painfully obvious which one did what--David Burton, a Russian émigré brought out from the Broadway stage, directed the non-action scenes and his background shows in the unimaginative staging (this was only his third film as a director) and overexaggerated acting. Co-director Otto Brower was an action specialist and second-unit director, and while he did some excellent work later in his career (he worked on 1946's "Duel in the Sun", 1944's "Buffalo Bill" and 1939's "Jesse James", among dozens of others), the climactic Indian attack in this film is actually pretty ineptly staged; although there are a lot of Indians riding around, whooping and getting shot off their horses, it's not particularly exciting or even involving and, in addition, is very poorly edited.
If Paramount meant this picture to be its answer to "The Big Trail", "The Iron Horse" or "The Covered Wagon", it fails badly. It has its moments (there's a good bar brawl about halfway through the picture) and Torrance and Marshall work well together, but all in all, it's just a "B" picture in everything but budget, and not as good as many others that cost far less. Worth a watch once, maybe, but not more than that.
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