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
After Denver throws the bucket of water on Travis and he falls in the dirt, his arms and back are covered in dirt, in the next shot there is hardly any dirt on him, and he did not have time to brush it off. See more
[Sandy fills a bucket of water from the river, and takes it to Prudence
I brought you some water, ma'am
[Prudence gratefully takes it
Thank you. Won't you stop and have a bit of breakfast with us?
[Sandy instantly leaps from his horse
[Travis comes riding up
Sandy, lets go!
[Sandy regretfully gets back on his horse, and bows repeatily to Prudence before riding away
Referenced in Cult of the Cobra
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