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Director:
Writer:
Guy Trosper (written by)
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Release Date:
15 September 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
M.G.M. presents a Great Drama of Flaming Frontiers !
Plot:
Lance Poole, an Indian who won a Medal of Honor fighting at Gettysburg, returns to his tribal lands intent on peaceful cattle ranching... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Lance Poole

Louis Calhern ... Verne Coolan
Paula Raymond ... Orrie Masters

Marshall Thompson ... Rod MacDougall

James Mitchell ... Red Rock

Edgar Buchanan ... Zeke Carmody

Rhys Williams ... Scotty MacDougall

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Masters
James Millican ... Ike Stapleton
Bruce Cowling ... Lt. Grimes
Fritz Leiber ... Mr. Poole
Harry Antrim ... Dr. C.O. MacQuillan

Chief John Big Tree ... Thundercloud
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bailey ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Vivian Brown ... Mrs. Campbell (uncredited)
Roy Butler ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Bertha Cody ... Mary (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Frank Conlan ... Telegrapher (uncredited)
Harold A. Deane ... Surveyor (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Bob Trammell (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Rancher (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Spud Keith (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Henry Marco ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Frank Matts ... Posse Member (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Barfly (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Posse Member (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Ed's Pal (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Sky Eagle ... Lone Bear (uncredited)
Cecil Smith ... Indian (uncredited)
Titus Spencer ... Painter (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
 
Writing credits
Guy Trosper (written by)

Produced by
Nicholas Nayfack .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
 
Cinematography by
John Alton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Leonid Vasian 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred E. Spencer .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Bob McDonald .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... conductor (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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84 min
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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 »
Quotes:
Lance Poole:The whites outnumber us, Father. The war is over. All the wars... even yours. The country is growing up. They gave me these stripes wiithout testing my blood. I led a squad of white men. I slept in the same blankets with them, ate out of the same pan. I held their heads when they died. Whey should it be any different now?
Mr. Poole:You are home. You are an Indian.
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Soundtrack:
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The law says an Indian ain't got no more rights than a dog., 9 April 2010
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Devil's Doorway is directed by Anthony Mann. It stars Robert Taylor as Lance Poole, a Shoshone Indian who returns home to Medicine-Bow from the American Civil War after a three year stint, and a veteran of three major conflicts. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor he rightfully expects to be able to retire to a peaceful life back on the family land. However, all his hopes and dreams are shattered by bigotry and greed as new laws are ushered in to deprive the Native Indians land rights.

Biting and cutting, Devil's Doorway is a Civil Rights Western that, boldly for its time, looks at the injustices done to Native Americans. Very much grim in texture, it's no surprise to see Anthony Mann at the helm for this material. Mann of course would go on to become a Western genre darling for his run of "Adult Westerns" he would do with James Stewart. Prior to this Mann had showed himself to have a keen eye for tough pieces with dark themes in a few well regarded film noir movies. So this was right up his street, in fact a glance at his output shows him to be something of a master when it comes to showing minority groups sympathetically. MGM were nervous tho, unsure as if taking the Western in this direction was the way to go, they pulled it from release in 1949. But after the impact that Delmer Daves' similar themed Broken Arrow made the following year, they ushered it out and the film promptly got lost amongst the plaudits for the James Stewart starrer. That's a shame because this is fit to sit alongside the best work Mann has done.

Filmed in black & white, the film has beautiful landscapes that belie the bleak road the movie ultimately turns down. Shot on location at Aspen and Grand Junction in Colorado (the talented John Alton on cinematography), the film also manages to rise above its obvious eyebrow raising piece of casting. Robert Taylor always had his critics, hell I'm sometimes one of them, but here as he is cast against type as a Shoshone Indian, he gives the character conviction and a stoic nobility that really makes it work. Some of his scenes with the beautiful Paula Raymond (playing his lawyer Orrie Masters) are a lesson in maximum impact garnered from emotional restraint. You will be aware of the fluctuating skin pigmentation he has throughout the movie, but honestly look into his eyes and feel the confliction and loyalty and you really will not care.

Scripted by Guy Trosper (Birdman of Alcatraz), the screenplay is unflinching in showing how badly the Native Americans were treated. Throw that in with Alton's other gift, that of the dusty barren land shot, and you got a very film noir feel to the movie. Something which not only is unique, but something that also showed a shift in the Hollywood Oater. We now get brains to match the action and aesthetics of the Western movie. Not that this is found wanting for action, Mann doesn't short change here either, with a dynamite led offensive purely adrenalin pumping.

A fine fine movie, an important movie in fact. One that is in desperate need of more exposure. Still awaiting a widespread home format disc release, I quote Orrie Masters from the movie..."It would be too bad if we ever forget".... that applies to both the theme of the piece and the actual movie itself. 9/10

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