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?
The shootout near the river was filmed at Hittle Bottom, UT, close to Moab, UT. There is mention of "a 1950's western," with the fight scene near a picnic table at the Hittle Bottom Campground at an information installation. The campground is close to Fisher Towers, another Moab area filming location for movies and commercials. 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
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[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
Featured in Directed by John Ford
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