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Writer:
Guy Trosper (written by)
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Release Date:
15 September 1950 (USA) See more »
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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

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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)
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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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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
My Own Bit of Land, 20 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Anthony Mann's first western maybe one of the best ever done and sad to say it was probably overshadowed by the more popular Broken Arrow which also dealt sympathetically with the plight of the American Indian.

Right after Devil's Doorway Mann did Winchester 73 and a whole slew of films with James Stewart, mostly westerns and well received ones at that. Devil's Doorway should be grouped with those films as well as a cinema classic. My guess is that it is because Mann never did another film with Robert Taylor. If anyone knows why, please let me know.

Robert Taylor gives one of his best screen performances as Lance Poole, Union Army veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor winner and full blooded Shoshoni Indian. He's returned to his ranch in Wyoming hoping to pick up the pieces of his civilian life. Taylor has bought into the ideals of the Civil War. He in fact went to war to free another group of people from slavery.

It's one big disillusioning process as he discovers that Indians need not apply for a piece of the American dream. The Homestead Act which Abraham Lincoln signed during the Civil War specifically excludes Indians from its provisions.

Louis Calhern portrays one of the most loathsome villains of his career as Verne Coolan, a lawyer who apparently for no other reason than his own hatred of the red man, stirs up hatred and resentment against Taylor and the Shoshonis. He brings in sheepherders to homestead in the valley that Poole has his ranch on, knowing full well it will be the start of a range war with racial overtones. The entrance to Taylor's valley is known as the Devil's Doorway.

Calhern has an equally loathsome henchman played by James Millican who starts a bar fight that Taylor finishes. It's a brutal one, ranking right up there with the one in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Other noteworthy performances are by Edgar Buchanan as the town marshal who is torn between his friendship for Taylor and the discriminatory law he's sworn to enforce. Also Paula Raymond and Spring Byington as a female attorney and her mother, quite radical in those days. Although overtly Taylor and Raymond have a business relationship, there is a gleam in Raymond's eyes whenever Taylor's around.

Oddly enough six years later Taylor saw cinematically how the other half lived when in The Last Hunt he played buffalo hunter Charlie Gilson who had a hate for the Indian the equal of Calhern's here.

Although Broken Arrow got all the acclaim and deserved it, it is a pity that Devil's Doorway did not get more attention. Catch this very special film whenever it is broadcast.

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