6.5/10
342
9 user 5 critic

The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)

Approved | | Western | April 1952 (USA)
When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian nations, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. Only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.

Director:

Writer:

(story and screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When peacemaking Apache chief Cochise dies, the Chiricahua Apaches are torn between following Cochise's peace loving son Taza and following the warlike renegade Apache warrior Geronimo.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Gregg Palmer
Biography | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This biography of the famous Lakota Sioux war chief is told entirely from the Indian viewpoint.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Victor Mature, Suzan Ball, John Lund
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mistaken for a murderous outlaw, an innocent passerby is forced to go on the run to try and clear his name by catching the real culprit.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally
Backlash (1956)
Mystery | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jim Slater seeks a survivor of the Apache ambush his father died in.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, William Campbell
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1868 Oregon, when the Army violates the treaty by building a road across the reservation, several tribal chiefs decide to unite their forces against the trespassing whites.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Jeff Chandler, Dorothy Malone, Ward Bond
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

West Point graduate Lt.Hazard is posted to Fort Delivery,Arizona,where he has to deal with lax discipline,romantic complications,Apaches and his conflicting feelings toward the Indians.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane McBain
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Railroad surveyer Murphy goes after rustlers who murdered his father and brother. Along the way, he first arrests then teams up with outlaw Duryea who helps Murphy only to see how long the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Dan Duryea
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Outlaw Clint Hollister escapes from jail with the help of Marshal Jake Wade, because once Clint did the same for him. Jake left Clint just after, but Clint finds him back and forces Jake to... See full summary »

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens
Broken Arrow (1950)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget
Men in War (1957)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Indians and the pursuing Union troops.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Maj. Jim Colton
...
...
Nona
Bruce Cowling ...
Neil Baylor
...
Mary Kearney
...
Sgt. Reuben Bernard
...
John Hudson ...
Lt. George Bascom
...
Mescal Jack
...
Dr. Carter
Tommy Cook ...
Little Elk
...
Lt. Robert Harley
...
Cpl. Hassett
Richard Garland ...
George Culver
...
Joe Bent (as Palmer Lee)
Edit

Storyline

When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian nations, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. Only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

fort | geronimo | major | apache | battle | See All (57) »

Taglines:

A GREAT INDIAN LOVE -- AND A GREATER HATE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Levante dos Apaches  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The story combines two real-life elements, one that happened in 1861, the other (the battle itself) in 1862, making this something of a prequel to the previously filmed Broken Arrow (1950). The events in that film took place in 1871 and 1872. Jeff Chandler and Jay Silverheels reprise their roles from the previous film, as Cochise and Geronimo respectively. See more »

Connections

Followed by Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cochise does not break his word-it's Geronimo.
26 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Battle at Apache Pass is directed by George Sherman and written by Gerald Drayson Adams. It stars Jeff Chandler, John Lund, Bruce Cowling, John Hudson, Susan Cabot, Jay Silverheels, Gregg Palmer and Jack Elam. Music is by Hans J. Salter and cinematography Charles P. Boyle. A Technicolor production, the location's for the shoot were at Moab, Utah, with Arches National Park, Colorado River, Courthouse Wash, Ida Gulch and Professor Valley forming the backdrops to the story.

The film is a fictionalised account of The Bascom Affair of 1861 and the Battle of Apache Pass that occurred in 1862, the latter of which saw the Indians witness for the first time in the region an artillery attack by means of mountain howitzers. It deals in the events that led up to the battle and focuses on the in fighting between Chiricahua warriors Cochise and Geronimo.

Although both Chandler and Silverheels reprise their character roles from Broken Arrow 1950, The Battle at Apache Pass takes place prior to the events depicted in the 1950 movie. As solid as they come story wise, and with beautiful Technicolor scenery, Sherman's film is only really let down by not having acting gravitas in the American roles. Messrs Lund, Cowling and Hudson are OK, but the material needed more assured performers to play off of the excellent Chandler. On the feminine side Cabot does the best with what little she is given to do, while Beverly Tyler, playing a pretty important character narratively speaking, is just a pretty tug-of-war prop device. However, it's easy to look away from the lack of dramatic worth in the acting because Sherman's action set ups are very good, with the actual battle of the title brilliantly constructed in a rock formed valley, featuring reams of extras, lots of war-fare and the thunder of howitzers filling the ears. While Boyle's (Horizon's West/Tomahawk) photography is sumptuous and a credit to the cinematographer's craft. Salter's score, tho, is only standard fare, with familiar Redskin strains for the Indians and drum beat military thrusts for the Cavalry sequences.

A fine film to look at, with a more than interesting story driving it forward, it sadly, tho, needed more grit from a good portion of the cast. 6.5/10


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I really like this movie terrien-scott
Discuss The Battle at Apache Pass (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?