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New Mexico (1951)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Hunt
Marilyn Maxwell ...
Robert Hutton ...
Lieutenant Vermont
Sergeant Garrity
Private Anderson
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Judge Wilcox
Mrs. Fenway
Acoma - Indian Chief
Sergeant Harrison
Donald Buka ...
Private Van Vechton
Robert Osterloh ...
Private Parsons
Ian MacDonald ...
Private Daniels
Ralph Volkie ...
William Tannen ...
Private Cheever (as Bill Tannen)


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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18 May 1951 (USA)  »

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New Mexico  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Lincoln's Trip To New Mexico?
11 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although this film is entitled New Mexico, it certainly might have taken place in any part of our Southwest. It begins with the totally ridiculous premise that Abraham Lincoln took time out in the middle of the Civil War to visit New Mexico territory and make promises to Indian chief Ted DeCorsia that the US government would be feeding the Indians. That was really too much to swallow, anyone who has even a rudimentary knowledge of American history knows that Lincoln never got beyond 50 miles of the White House during his term of office. So when the film began with Hans Conreid as Lincoln getting out of that stagecoach I figured this one would be one ridiculous film.

It turned out to be a film that was not half bad, but could have used a lot of improvement including cutting those first six or seven minutes and some other premise used to show the disappointment of the Indians in the white man's failed promises.

In that meeting with Conreid and DeCorsia is Captain Lew Ayres who wants peaceful relations and is a man of some honor. But an ambitious colonel played by Walter Greaza and a corrupt judge played by Lloyd Corrigan turn the promises of Lincoln into dust. When Greaza is murdered by the Indians, Ayres has to go in pursuit of DeCorsia.

Circumstance places Ayres and his men along with saloon entertainer Marilyn Maxwell and Corrigan at an old mission built on a hillside where they hold off the attacking Indians. One of the troops, Raymond Burr, shoots down a young child who is DeCorsia's son giving him and additional reason to hate the army.

Jeff Corey who was having blacklist troubles got to appear in this film as a cavalry Indian scout. That this was an independent film is significant because Corey could not get work at a major studio.

New Mexico which was an independent film released by United Artists is too low budget and its characters not sufficiently developed which would have made a much better film. It was a sincere effort and no one in the cast need be ashamed of their work here.

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