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?
According to Harry Carey Jr.
, Joanne Dru
's husband, John Ireland
, stayed in town during the shooting and avoided the set, but did organize the company into a performance of "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" in the evening. See more
A Golden Retriever is shown in close-up during the credits sequence. Goldens were originally bred in Scotland beginning in the 1860s, and were not registered in America until 1894. It's "possible' that a Golden could have been accompanying the wagon train, but very unlikely. See more
[after Sandy pushes a gun down the back of his pants
Be careful or you'll blow yer brains out.
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