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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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  (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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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) | Sweden:15 | 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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Filmed in 1949, but released after Stewart's next western, Winchester '73 (1950).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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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Blessed Are The Peacemakers, 3 November 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Broken Arrow was actually the start of James Stewart's return to the western genre. His first western was Destry Rides Again in 1939 and he waited for over 10 years to do another. After that he did them quite regularly.

Broken Arrow was made first, but held up over a year before release so Winchester 73 was actually Stewart's official return to the west. But both films had a lasting impact on his career.

This is the story of Army Captain Tom Jeffords who with a simple act of kindness started a peace process with the Apaches led by their charismatic leader Cochise. Jeffords, a veteran of the Union Army and the frontier wars is heartily sick of the slaughter he's witnessed and participated in. He finds an Indian boy who's been wounded by whites and he tends to them and heals him.

One thing leads to another and pretty soon Jeffords finds himself in the camp of Cochise with whom he strikes up a friendship. He also woos and wins an Apache maid named Sonseehray. Jeffords and Cochise with General Oliver O. Howard make a treaty with the Apache, at least most of them.

Broken Arrow did a lot for James Stewart, but even more for Jeff Chandler who plays Cochise. Cochise was a man in his late 60s when this was really taking place, but Chandler in his prematurely gray hair, portrays him well. Chandler got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Cochise.

Jeffords and Cochise are men of good will and decency who see an honest peace as the only answer. Of course both have to contend with people who won't or can't accept peace with the other race. It's those people and what they do break the peace that is the rest of Broken Arrow's story.

Delmar Daves is a good director of western films and in fact did another film about the U.S. government trying to make peace with another Indian tribe, the Modocs in Oregon, in the film Drumbeat. He gets good results out of the rest of the cast. Note the performances of Will Geer as an Indian hating rancher, Debra Paget as Sonseehray, and Basil Ruysdael as General Howard.

The screenplay was done by Albert Maltz of the Hollywood Ten. How ironic that Maltz was blacklisted after this film. I suppose a film about peace between the races and good will towards one's fellow men was highly subversive.

Broken Arrow was given much acclaim for being the first film to express the view that Indians were something more than bloodthirsty savages. That's not exactly true, other films around that time started saying the same thing. Nevertheless Broken Arrow's message is an eternal one.

Says so in the Scriptures if I'm not mistaken.

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