Crude and uncivilized backwoods trapper Jed Cooper and his two partners sign up as scouts in a remote Oregon army fort, manned chiefly by untrained rookie soldiers. Jed, flirting with the ... See full summary »
A New York City detective, traveling by train between New York and Baltimore, tries to foil an on-board plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln before he reaches Baltimore to give a major pre-Inauguration speech in 1861.
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
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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 »
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.
Well, what does he have to do?
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.
Isn't it rather cruel?
It depends on your point of view. You see, Shoshoni are a small tribe. ...
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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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