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Devil's Doorway (1950)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 15 September 1950 (USA)
After the Civil War, a highly decorated Shoshone Indian veteran plans to raise cattle in Wyoming but white farmers plan to grab fertile tribal lands by pitting the whites against the Indians.

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Verne Coolan
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Orrie Masters
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Rod MacDougall
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Zeke Carmody
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Lance Poole, an Indian who won a Medal of Honor fighting at Gettysburg, returns to his tribal lands intent on peaceful cattle ranching. But white sheep farmers want his fertile grass range and manage to turn the ostensibly civilized white population against the tribes, with tragic results. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Fluch des Blutes  »

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$1,373,000 (estimated)
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After an unsuccessful May 1950 press preview, MGM shelved the film. The grim movie was superbly made, but its uncompromising, downbeat story seemed to spell box-office disaster. After the release of the more mainstream Broken Arrow (1950) the following fall, it did get some bottom-of-the-bill bookings in neighborhood grindhouses but did little business and has remained little seen. See more »

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Lance Poole: Every Shoshoni boy has to go through that. It's a test. Before a boy turns into a man, the tribe wants to know if he measures up.
Mrs. Masters: Well, what does he have to do?
Lance Poole: He's given a knife, nothing else. No food, no water. He has to go up into the mountains above the snow line... and bring back the talons of an eagle. He has three days to do it in. He has to be back on the third day before the sun goes down.
Orrie Masters: Isn't it rather cruel?
Lance Poole: It depends on your point of view. You see, Shoshoni are a small tribe. ...
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Indian Lament
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Music by André Previn
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The tragedy of a man who had a naive dream.
14 August 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After seeing quite a lot of westerns about Native Americans I can say that not one of them made such an impact on me as this one. Broken Arrow was quite good and so was Dance with Wolves, but none of them show in such a shocking way the tragedy that fell upon this people with the colonization of the west. Robert Taylor is unbelievably convincing as a Native American who fought in the war and got a Congressional Medal of Honor. He returns to his people thinking that a new era is going to start where they will be treated as equals, but soon all his plans go down the drain. Louis Calhern is a bigoted lawyer and Paula Raymond the nice lawyer that helps Taylor. When Taylor says to Raymond that in 100 years they could have a different relationship, instinctively I asked myself if that really happened. No doubt things improved a lot, they are still far from perfect but at least a film like this one could be made in 1950 and be accepted as true. Anthony Mann was at his best on westerns with a dark side and here he shows us the talent that would be responsible for so many great films that were yet to come.


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