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Slaughter Trail (1951)

Approved | | Western | 11 October 1951 (USA)
Fort Marcy's commandant has a dilemma when 3 outlaws, who killed a few Navajo for their horses, request protection from the vengeful Indians.

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Three outlaws rob the stage and then flee. When their horses give out they murder some Indians to get fresh ones. But this puts the Indians on the war path and they have to take refuge in an Army fort to avoid them. The Indians then arrive offering peace if the three men are turned over to them. The fort's commanding Officer wants peace but the rules say the men must be tried in a white man's court leaving the Indians no choice but to attack. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Navajo hordes on the vengeance warpath ... as desert sands run scarlet !

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According to Turner Home Entertainment, the film's original negative is lost. Since the original Cinecolor cannot be adequately reproduced, the Turner Home Entertainment VHS edition is in black and white. See more »

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When the Indians attach the stagecoach, a soldier is shown aiming his rifle, then it switches to him holding a pistol and shooting it, then right back to him holding the rifle. See more »

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Woman Dancer: You know, I can look into your eyes and see you have led a gay, romantic life. If I'm not too personal, what do you do for a living?
Rufus Black: I sell coffins!
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London Bridge Is Falling Down
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Performed by Virginia Grey, Lois Hall, Robin Fletcher and the children
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decent western in the classic sense of the word
6 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once in a while Turner Classic Movies will air a movie that most people aren't familiar with. Such was the case with "Slaughter Trail." Good on-location photography, a fast-moving script, characters worth caring about, and a look at life in the wild west all make the grade. Add an interesting color palate-- Cinecolor-- with its subtle tones, light-years from Technicolor, and you've got an sense of open-air realism to it all. The use of the narrative ballad, a la "High Noon", makes it well worth a look. TCM's Robert Osborne said that Brian Donlevy's part was initially filmed with Howard da Silva in the role, but da Silva got caught up in the Hollywood Blacklist and producer Howard Hughes, being the staunch anti-Communist he was, re-shot all of da Silva's scenes with Donlevy prior to its release. Interesting tidbit, not at all visible in the final product.


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