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New Mexico (1951)

Approved | | Western | 18 May 1951 (USA)
A cavalry captain has great difficulty keeping the peace between his tyrannical colonel and an Indian chief bent on revenge.

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Captain Hunt
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Cherry
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Lieutenant Vermont
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Sergeant Garrity
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Private Anderson
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Coyote
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Judge Wilcox
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Mrs. Fenway
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Acoma - Indian Chief
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Sergeant Harrison
Donald Buka ...
Private Van Vechton
Robert Osterloh ...
Private Parsons
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Private Daniels
Ralph Volkie ...
Rider
William Tannen ...
Private Cheever (as Bill Tannen)
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Captain Hunt of the cavalry is trying to promote good relations with the Indian chief Acoma. But Hunt's superiors in the military insist on pursuing policies that will provoke a conflict, and Chief Acoma is not willing to let himself be insulted. Written by Snow Leopard

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The plot revolves heavily upon promises made in person by President Abraham Lincoln to Chief Acoma just days before Lincoln's assassination. Lincoln never went to New Mexico (not even when it was a territory as called in the film.) See more »

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Abraham Lincoln never went to New Mexico and certainly not days before his assassination. See more »

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Fair Western with Unrealized Potential
16 May 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

"New Mexico" is a fair cavalry-versus-Indians movie that could have been better. It has a good cast and provides a couple good moments, but a routine script and a rather stereotyped set of characters keep it from realizing its potential.

Lew Ayres, a fine actor, has the lead role of the cavalry's Captain Hunt, and the rest of a good cast is highlighted by Andy Devine, Raymond Burr, Marilyn Maxwell, and Ted De Corsia. Unfortunately, most of their characters are not given much depth, and they do not have much dialogue to work with either.

The lack of depth of Captain Hunt is the most important, as the other characters are primarily defined in terms of their relationship with him. At the beginning, he seems to be developing as an interesting character. He is present at a meeting between President Lincoln and Chief Acoma (De Corsia), and seems to be sympathetic with the problems that Acoma's people face after Lincoln's untimely death, even defying for a while his insensitive and boorish military superiors. But when the inevitable conflict breaks out, Ayres is just given some stereotyped lines about how the Indians ought not to resort to violence. Likewise, Acoma, as the leader of the uprising, is a thoroughly conventional character, although at least portrayed with some degree of sympathy.

There are some decent action sequences, and a couple of creative touches in the battle scenes, but it is likely that "New Mexico" will be of interest mainly to those who enjoy any and all Westerns.




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