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Tomahawk (1951)

Approved | | History, Romance, Western | 5 February 1951 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Julie Madden (as Yvonne DeCarlo in opening credits)
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Lt. Rob Dancy
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Col. Carrington
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Sol Beckworth
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Dan Castello
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Burt Hanna
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Monahseetah
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Captain Fetterman
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Major Horton (as Russell Conway)
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Mrs. Carrington
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Sergeant Newell
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Glory Story of the Great Sioux Indian Uprising!


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5 February 1951 (USA)  »

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Tomahawk - Aufstand der Sioux  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The main action towards the end re-enacts the 'Fetterman Fight' (aka 'Fetterman Massacre') an actual event that took place in December 21 1866. The basic facts are correct - reinforcements are set to protect a wagon train of soldiers gone to collect wood. However, the numbers of troops involved and their disposition are incorrect. Fetterman had 49 infantry (none in this film) and 27 cavalry as part of his detachment (all were killed). Similarly there were significantly more Indians attacking them. As the fight occurred in December, there were areas of snow and ice in the higher areas around the fort. No secondary attack took place against a relief force. See more »

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When Dancy is shot and killed by an arrow, padding can clearly be seen beneath his shirt. See more »

Quotes

Dan Castello: I have to keep moving. Got iron in my blood. If I sit still, I rust.
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Enjoyable Film on the Western Plains !!
3 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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