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Broken Arrow -- In 1870, when white men and Indians are fighting bitterly, Tom Jeffords (James Stewart) strongly believes the Apaches are treated unfairly. After befriending their leader Cochise (Jeff Chandler) and arranging a truce, he is called upon by a U.S. Army general to negotiate a government peace treaty. Though he fulfills his mission, Jeffords soon experiences great tragedy when he, his Indian wife (Debra Paget) and good friend Cochise become targets of a renegade ambush.


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Writers (WGA):
Elliott Arnold (novel)
Albert Maltz (screenplay) (front Michael Blankfort)
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Release Date:
August 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Delmer Daves offers an important major role to an Indian character, treating him with quality and esteem as human being... See more (55 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Tom Jeffords

Jeff Chandler ... Cochise

Debra Paget ... Sonseeahray

Basil Ruysdael ... Gen. Oliver Howard

Will Geer ... Ben Slade
Joyce Mackenzie ... Terry (as Joyce MacKenzie)

Arthur Hunnicutt ... Milt Duffield
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Adler ... Lonergan - Stage Driver (uncredited)

Trevor Bardette ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)

Chris Willow Bird ... Nochalo (uncredited)
Raymond Bramley ... Col. Bernall (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Miner (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Nalikadeya - Cochise's Wife (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Miner (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Teese (uncredited)

J.W. Cody ... Pionsenay - Chosen Warrior (uncredited)

Heinie Conklin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dolores Christine Cypert ... American Indian / Redbird (uncredited)
Aubrey Lee Dale ... Indian (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Mule Driver (uncredited)
Robert Foster Dover ... Machogee (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... Barber (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... John Lowrie (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mickey Kuhn ... Bob Slade (uncredited)
Jack Lee ... Boucher (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... Mail Rider (uncredited)
John Marston ... Maury (uncredited)

Frank McGrath ... Barfly (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Edwin Rand ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Barfly (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Geronimo (uncredited)
Charles Soldani ... Skinyea - Chosen Warrior (uncredited)
Richard Van Opel ... Bernall's Adjutant (uncredited)
John War Eagle ... Nahilzay (uncredited)

Billy Wilkerson ... Juan (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Man Saying '...or a Blasted Liar' (uncredited)

Directed by
Delmer Daves 
Writing credits
Elliott Arnold (novel "Blood Brother")

Albert Maltz (screenplay) (front Michael Blankfort)

Michael Blankfort (front for Albert Maltz)

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
J. Watson Webb Jr. 
Art Direction by
Albert Hogsett 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Fred J. Rode (set decorations)
Costume Design by
René Hubert (costumes designed by) (as Rene Hubert)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Stephanie Garland .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Stanley Goldsmith .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasper Blystone .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: James Stewart (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Curt Fetters .... camera operator (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestration (as Edward Powell)
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... Technicolor color consultant
Harry Brand .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Jenifer Chatfield .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Al Leman .... archery expert (uncredited)
Richard von Opel .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Germany:12 (f) | Norway:A (1957) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) (2005) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13926)

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Usually regarded as James Stewart's first real western, as Destry Rides Again (1939) was more of a romantic comedy.See more »
Continuity: When General Oliver is beginning to pick himself off the ground after the Apache attack on the military wagon train, the first shot shows the ground to be mostly desert sand, with very little vegetation, but when the scene jumps to a long shot of the General getting up, the ground around him is almost entirely covered with green vegetation, showing scarcely any sand at all.See more »
[first lines]
[opening narration]
Tom Jeffords:This is the story of a land, of the people who lived on it in the year 1870, and of a man whose name was Cochise. He was an Indian - leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. I was involved in the story and what I have to tell happened exactly as you'll see it - the only change will be that when the Apaches speak, they will speak in our language. What took place is part of the history of Arizona and it began for me here where you see me riding.
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Delmer Daves offers an important major role to an Indian character, treating him with quality and esteem as human being..., 17 April 2005

Delmer Daves offers an important major role to an Indian character, treating him with quality and esteem as human being...

Stewart plays a scout who seeks to heal the divisions between the Apaches and white men… But while "Broken Arrow" is a perfectly acceptable depiction of frontier struggles, it does not display Stewart to the best advantages… Delmer Daves was competent enough, but he lacked the ultimate virility and intensity of Anthony Mann…

"Broken Arrow" examines, rather intensely and directly, the mistreatment and flagrant exploitation of the Indians by whites in the early West…

The strength of this often lyrically photographed picture which will a1ways have an honorable place among Westerns lies particularly in the touching dignity of Stewart's love and marriage to an Indian girl (Debra Paget). Indian haters, of course, stir up the usual sort of trouble and Stewart's bride becomes a victim with all the consequent poignancy for which the film is best remembered…

The over-wise Chandler counsels him that he must learn to live with his whiteness just as his new friends must contend with their own place in the cosmic scheme of things… Cochise has words of stark consolation for Stewart: "As I bear the murder of my people, so you will bear the murder of your wife."

The most interesting aspect of " Broken Arrow" is not the interracial romance between Stewart and Paget, but Stewart's relationship with Chandler's Cochise… There is intra-character complexity here, as Chandler struggles to overcome his disturb of all whites, and Stewart attempts to comprehend the different philosophy and cultural of the Indians…

Jeff Chandler was quite apt and professional… He was so believable in the role of the Apache chief Cochise that he was to essay it again in George Sherman's "The Battle at Apache Pass" in 1952… Chandler's facial bone structure lent itself to noble, incisive Indian profiles, and unlike other Caucasian actors he did not look out of place… He was even nominated for Best Supporting Actor at that year's Oscars…

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