The friendship of three Texas Ranchers. Later their ranch was destroyed by Cotrell, of the Union army,and his band of outlaw raiders. The original title was "Distant Drums", this was a description of Civil War army deserters.
In this retelling of Gunga Din (1939) transplanted to the 1870's American West, three cavalry officers and a bugler work together to thwart a Native American chief intent on uniting local tribes against the white man.
Sammy Davis Jr.
The Arizona wilderness, 1880. Gen. Fletcher Blackwell sends a message telling Capt. Walsh, who is escorting a wagon-train through Apache territory, heading for the fort at Furnace Creek, that he should cancel the escort and rush to another town. Apache leader "Little Dog" is leading the attack on the wagon-train and massacring everyone at the poorly manned fort. As a result the treaty is broken with the Indians and the white settlers take over the territory with the help of the calvary, as the Apaches are wiped out and only "Little Dog" remains at large. Gen. Fletcher Blackwell is court-martial-led for treason. The general's 2 sons, Cash Blackwell and Capt. Rufe Blackwell, each with a different disposition, go about trying to find evidence to clear their father's name. Written by
When Tex Cameron was driving the open buggy through the desert talking to Molly, the carriage seemed to be moving at about 40 miles an hour. Yet there was not even breeze of wind on their faces, indicating they were on a sound stage. See more »
I'm not sure if Victor Mature is suited to a Western. I didn't think much of him in 'My Darling Clementine'. He was okay in 'Kiss of Death', but it was Richard Widmark that made that film, not Mature. What this film lacked was someone for Mature to play off and react to rather than just being the lead. In 'Samson and Delilah' he had a good script and a good director. This film doesn't have a good script, although you could argue that the direction was good. If Mature had a good script, or a good actor to play off, then maybe it would have lifted his performance. If a film totally relies on Mature then it's not going to stand the test of time. Such is the case with this film.
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