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Devil's Doorway (1950)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Lance Poole
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Verne Coolan
Paula Raymond ...
Orrie Masters
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Rod MacDougall
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Red Rock
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Zeke Carmody
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Scotty MacDougall
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Mrs. Masters
James Millican ...
Ike Stapleton
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Lt. Grimes
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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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15 September 1950 (USA)  »

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After an unsuccessful May 1950 press preview, Metro 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," the following fall, it did get some bottom-of-the-bill bookings in neighborhood grind houses but little business and has remained little seen. See more »

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Verne Coolan: That's a big horse you're riding there. It's a long fall off it.
Lance Poole: Like you said, he's a big horse.
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Indian Lament
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Music by André Previn
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A magnificent Western director Anthony Mann with one of the best performance, of Robert Taylor.
11 March 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"Lance Poole", (Robert Taylor), is a member of an Indian tribe that has fought in the American Civil War where he was awarded the Medal of Honor of the Congress, returns to his home finding a bleak situation: his people living in poverty, a new law devoid of any fundamental right of any other citizen by what they lose their land and is organizing a true massacre against them. Now, you must continue to struggle against the injustices that his people is subjected.

Make a portrait of a society that the same you honors you overgraze, it 's something very difficult. Mann shows us a political class seemingly civilized the same awarded Medals of Honor of the Congress of the US an Indian Navajo by their courageous actions aimed at fighting for a flag of bars and stars that the same denied the most basic rights, and Mann exposes him with mastery and harshness.

We See Robert Taylor reaching the perfect interpretation of "Lance Poole" remains one of the flash points of his career as a film. Louis Calhern as the intriguing lawyer "Verne Coolan" makes a perfect character of the evil.

It's a film with a splendid photography in black and white by John Alton, another European (Austro-Hungarian) made big film USA.


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