Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.
In 1878, the shortest trail West through the Arizona territory passed by the foot of Bailey Mountain. Although the shortest, it also was the most dangerous route because Bailey Mountain was the stronghold of a band of renegade Apache, led by Chief Diablito. A group of land surveyors is attacked and massacred by Diablito's renegade Apache. The Indians abduct Mary Carlyle, the daughter of General Carlyle. As a result of this, Major C. E. Breverly, commandant of the nearby cavalry outpost sends a scout to find prospector and Indian guide Ward Kinsman. Kinsman is secretly mining for gold near Bailey Mountain, under the nose of Chief Diablito. At the cavalry outpost, Major Breverly requests Kinsman's assistance in saving Mary Carlyle from the Apache. Mary's sister, Ann Duverall, also demands her sister's immediate rescue but Kinsman, fearing a great loss of troopers in a confrontation with the Apache, refuses. Not being on the army's payroll allows him to refuse assignments. However, he ... Written by
It's good to see John Hodiak face off against Robert Taylor and
winning, although I would have thought that Taylor being the bigger
star would have won. Although Hodiak is a good actor he wouldn't go on
to anything significant except a premature death. He's probably most
remembered for his part in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Lifeboat', but that was
in the early part of his career. You don't have that much time at the
As for the film itself it's a bit pedestrian. It lacks a good script
and storyline. The characters are one-dimensional, but the performances
by both Taylor and Hodiak are good. The direction is not that good, but
if you haven't got a good script then there isn't much you can do.
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