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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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Anthony Mann opens the door for Robert Taylor See more (25 total) »

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
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:It's hard to explain how an Indian feels about the earth. It's the pumping of our blood... the love we got to have. My father said the earth is our mother. I was raised in the valley and now I'm part of it. Like the mountains and the hills, the deer, the pine trees and the wind. Deep in my heart I know I belong. If we lose it now, we might as well all be dead.See more »
Soundtrack:
Indian LamentSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Anthony Mann opens the door for Robert Taylor, 9 October 2011
Author: wes-connors from Earth

In Wyoming, Native American Indian and Civil War hero Robert Taylor (as Broken Lance Poole) faces discrimination. When his father appears ready for the "happy hunting ground," Mr. Taylor can't get a doctor because he's an "Injun". White lawyer Louis Calhern (as Verne Coolan) wants to take away the land Taylor inherits. Taylor hires female attorney Paula Raymond (as Orrie Masters) to help and they are mutually attracted. Taylor learns that, as an Indian, he is not a United States citizen and has no right to his own land. Sheepherding homesteader Marshall Thompson (as Rod MacDougall) moves in, and the conflict gets violent...

"Devil's Doorway" opens with some serious reservations about Taylor's portrayal of a Native American. It doesn't help that his make-up shades up inconsistently in different scenes. But, after about thirty minutes, when he's in full "red-skin" dress, Taylor creates an appealing and believable character. Taylor's stoic mid-life screen persona matches the role perfectly, and he responds with one of his best performances. Also lifting this film from the doldrums is director Anthony Mann, who gets photographer John Alton under your skin with some beautifully framed and staged scenes. The "pro-Indian" theme was not new, but had become rare.

******* Devil's Doorway (9/15/50) Anthony Mann ~ Robert Taylor, Paula Raymond, Louis Calhern, Marshall Thompson

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