In 1866, a new gold discovery and an inconclusive conference force the U.S. Army to build a road and fort in territory ceded by previous treaty to the Sioux...to the disgust of frontier ...
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In 1866, a new gold discovery and an inconclusive conference force the U.S. Army to build a road and fort in territory ceded by previous treaty to the Sioux...to the disgust of frontier scout Jim Bridger, whose Cheyenne wife led him to see the conflict from both sides. The powder-keg situation needs only a spark to bring war, and violent bigots like Lieut. Rob Dancy are all too likely to provide this. Meanwhile, Bridger's chance of preventing catastrophe is dimmed by equally wrenching personal conflicts. Unusually accurate historically. Written by
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Jack Oakie's character Sol Beckworth is based on James Beckwourth, a mountain man, fur trapper, army scout and explorer. A companion of Jim Bridger, "Liver Eater" Johnson, Portuguese Philips, Del Gu, and Frenchy La Blatte, he lived amongst the Crow tribe and married the daughter of a Crow chief and became a respected warrior and leader of the Crow nation. Beckwourth was born around 1800 and was the son of a slave mother and her owner, Sir Jennings Beckwourth. His father acknowledged his paternity and treated him as a son. He granted James his freedom in 1824. Beckwourth started as a blacksmith's apprentice, but headed west to work for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Beckwourth is credited with discovering and mapping Beckwourth Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For all his exploits and deeds, he became one of the Old West's legendary figures. He died October 29, 1866, in Denver, Colorado. See more »
When Dancy is shot and killed by an arrow, padding can clearly be seen beneath his shirt. See more »
This is an enjoyable and engrossing color Western from 1951. Van Heflin is great as the famed Jim Bridger in this memorable tale of the sometimes bitter conflict between settlers , Calvary and Indians during the 19th Century. Yvonne De Carlo is lovely and entertaining as the female lead, struggling to understand Bridger's seemingly divided loyalties.
The photography and color in this movie is top notch, and the film is consistently entertaining and full of plot twists to keep the viewer engrossed. Screen legend Rock Hudson makes an impressive early appearance in this sad but enlightening tale of the struggle of cultures on the Western plains. De Carlos steals the film as the female lead !
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