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 Sandy and the Mormon fight, the fight is broken up by Ward Bond
's character. Bond has ripped pants as he separates the fighters and you can hear a dog barking in the background. This happened because director John Ford
wanted to use two dogs, that had been ruining every scene in the film by fighting, in the background as the men fought, hoping the dogs would start fighting as a contrast to the men fighting. Instead of fighting, however, one of the dogs ran away and the other attacked Bond and ripped his pants. Ford could barely contain his laughter but kept filming. Afterward, he became quite concerned and said they needed to find the dog in case it had bitten Bond, not just ripped his pants. Ford was worried the dog might have needed a tetanus shot. See more
As the camera pans along the wagon train moving through Moab, Utah, it passes by a boulder, on which you see the shadows of the camera crew and director John Ford
. See more
Sure hope I see you again, Miss Denver.
Thanks, but don't think on it. We move around. The medice will show you have to to keep healthy.
We move around alot trading horses. Good thing about it, though: You get see alot of pretty country, like the valley I've got in mind. A man can make an awfully nice little cattle ranch in that valley, if he didn't mind being lonesome, and some one to help him with the cooking and such...
[She runs away, blinded by tears
Referenced in The Last Picture Show
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