As Mormon settlers head to the promised land at the San Juan river in Utah, they hire horse traders Travis Blue and Sandy as wagon masters. They have to forge a trail across unknown territory and face many hardships along the way. They quickly come across some stranded travelers, a medicine show run by Dr. A. Locksley Hall which includes the attractive Denver. Along the way however, they are also joined by Shiloh Clegg and his murderous clan of robbers and thieves. An encounter with the Navajo leads to an invitation to their camp but after one of the Clegg boys gets a whipping for attacking one of the Navajo women, Uncle Shiloh plans his revenge. It's left to Sandy and Travis to protect the travelers and get them to their destination. Written by
John Ford's lusty successor to "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"
Did You Know?
In the scene where Travis gets bucked off his horse after Denver throws water on it, Ben Johnson
did his own stunts. They used a genuine rodeo bucking horse and John Ford
promised Johnson if he rode the horse he would not have to do any dialogue for the day, which apparently pleased Johnson. He lasted four bucks and came off so hard he was almost knocked out. Unfortunately, the shot was ruined by one of the wranglers running out to him and asking if he was all right as he lay on the ground. Johnson had to get up and ride the horse again. This time he lasted ten bucks before he bailed off and Ford got his shot. See more
In the beginning of the film, when Travis on the horse talks to the marshal, he folds his right leg leaning it on the saddle horn. In the next shot he is with his right leg hanging unfolded. See more
Keep you shirton, son. Your face looks honest to me even if it is homely.
SHADOWS IN THE DUST
Words and Music by Stan Jones
Recorded by Sons of the Pioneers
(as The Sons of the Pioneers)
Sung by the Sons of the Pioneers
(uncredited) See more