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(1950)

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At 41, James Stewart was 26 years older than Debra Paget, who was still only 15 when filming began in early June 1949.
The film was considered groundbreaking at the time because it was one of the first sound films to portray Native American Indians in a humane light. Years later, the film was criticized because white actors played Indians, but the role of Geronimo in fact was played by Native Canadian Mohawk actor Jay Silverheels.
Screenwriter Albert Maltz did not receive a credit when the film was released because he was blacklisted. Instead, the script was credited to Michael Blankfort.
The movie's world premiere was held in the Nusho Theater in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
The broken arrow, which signals an end to fighting, is in fact a Blackfoot Indian symbol, not an Apache symbol. The Blackfoot are native to Montana and Alberta, Canada.
Cochise would have been 65 in 1870, although he is played by Jeff Chandler who was only 30 when this movie was filmed.
The Battle at Apache Pass (1952) starred Jeff Chandler as Cochise and Jay Silverheels as Geronimo. It was produced later than "Broken Arrow", but functions as a prequel to it. The events in "Broken Arrow" take place in 1871 and 1872, whilst those in "Apache Pass" happen in 1861 and 1862.
Filmed in 1949, but released after Stewart's next western, Winchester '73 (1950).
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 22, 1951 with Debra Paget reprising her film role.
Usually regarded as James Stewart's first real western, as Destry Rides Again (1939) was more of a romantic comedy.
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 7, 1951 with James Stewart and Jeff Chandler reprising their film roles.
Sometimes described as the first major western from the Indian point-of-view, although it was actually released after Devil's Doorway (1950).
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