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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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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: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.
Mrs. Masters:Well, what does he have to do?
Lance Poole: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.
Orrie Masters:Isn't it rather cruel?
Lance Poole:It depends on your point of view. You see, Shoshoni are a small tribe. Every man counts. Suppose one day that boy had to fight for his people. Wouldn't it be a good idea if they knew they could depend upon him?
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Soundtrack:
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51 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
another under-appreciated classic, 2 October 2002
Author: SHAWFAN from United States

Your one other comment on this film so far (Under the Arch) sums up my feelings entirely. Why this masterpiece of a film is not mentioned in the same historical discussions of great westerns as Stagecoach, The Oxbow Incident, High Noon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, etc. is beyond me. But of course it was made by Anthony Mann and that says it all. Those little known episodes in our nation's history in which greedy white men dispossessed cooperative and non-violent native Americans can never be re-told often enough; such as when Andrew Jackson, despite a Supreme Court decision to the contrary, conspired in the 1820s with the land robbers so as to allow those white men to exploit the state's mineral wealth in the 1820s. The peaceful and civil Cherokees were driven out of their Carolina homelands and into concentration camps. (Hitler had nothing on Andrew Jackson.) From there the Cherokees were driven into Florida and then on to Oklahoma via the "Trail of Tears." And the Devil's Doorway is such a classic tale of land-grabbing, ethnic cleansing, bigotry, and high-handed discriminatory bureaucracy as to make your flesh creep. See it.

PS I recently (2009) saw Anthony Mann's Cimarron (1960, his last Western) for the first time and read all the many reviews of it. Many went into great depth as to Mann and his career, listing and evaluating many of his previous films. Not one of them mentioned this film, perhaps his greatest! So even among Mann aficionados one of his greatest accomplishments has fallen by the wayside and into the memory hole! What can be done about this to bring back such a classic and restore it to its rightful place in film history?

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