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The Sabre and the Arrow (1953)

Last of the Comanches (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 1 February 1953 (USA)
The remnants of a massacred cavalry troop and ragtag group of stagecoach passengers fight for survival against fierce Comanches at a desert ruin.

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Cast

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Sgt. Matt Trainor
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Julia Lanning
Johnny Stewart ...
Little Knife
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Jim Starbuck
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Rusty Potter
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Romany O'Rattigan
Hugh Sanders ...
Denver Kinnaird
Ric Roman ...
Martinez
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Henry Ruppert
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Billy Creel
Milton Parsons ...
Satterlee the Prophet
Jack Woody ...
Cpl. Floyd
John War Eagle ...
Black Cloud
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Storyline

It's 1876 and all the Indians are at peace except the Comanches lead by Black Cloud. When Black Cloud wipes out a town, only six soldiers are left and they head for the nearest fort. In the desert they are reinforced by members of a stagecoach and find some water at a deserted mission. Pinned down by Black Cloud they send an Indian boy who was Black Cloud's prisoner on to the fort while they try to bargain with Black Cloud whom they learn is without water. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Ten against ten thousand ! See more »


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1 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Sable y La Flecha  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of Sahara (1943), in which Lloyd Bridges also co-starred. See more »

Goofs

The last shot shows a hat with a 'crossed sabres' badge, with a '14' above and a 'G' below the sabres. The number represents the number of the cavalry regiment. However, the USA only had 10 cavalry regiments during this period. See more »

Quotes

Black Cloud: I am Black Cloud.
Sgt. Matt Trainor: That figures.
Black Cloud: Black Cloud come to make peace talk.
Sgt. Matt Trainor: [Sarcastically] I didn't think you came here to make jokes. What's on your mind?
Black Cloud: Black Cloud mighty chief... greatest of all! His warriors are many...
Sgt. Matt Trainor: [Interrupting] Soon as you're finished patting yourself on the back, let's get down to cases. What's the deal?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Indian tribes of the southwest were at peace, except for the notorious renegade Comanche chieftain,Black Cloud, and his savage followers.

For three years his raids and massacres threatened the security of the new peace.

On August 27th, 1876, a cavalry scouting patrol, out from Fort Macklin seeking Black Cloud, stopped for water at the little town of Dry Buttes.

Here, Black Cloud trapped them... See more »

Connections

Remake of Sahara (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Shoo, Fly, Don't Bother Me
(uncredited)
Attributed to Thomas Brigham Bishop
Sung, with additional lyrics, by the soldiers at the Mission
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Sahara in the West? That should make this "Mojave"
19 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clearly, this was the same adventure yarn of the Bogart war movie SAHARA. It was great adventure, and it translated well into the old West. Six cavalry soldiers led by Broderick Crawford, meet a stagecoach in the desert, and they try to avoid hostile Native Americans. Not a lot of story line depth here. But the characters are winners. And some of the characters do a few unexpected but character-believable things, particularly the man who isn't accustomed to fighting. To be honest, SAHARA, which I liked, too, wasn't the first to make a movie of characters getting picked off one by one. This one is very much a carbon copy of it, though. The only movies I can think of that were even closer carbon copies to each other were THE JACKALS and YELLOW SKY. Good action. And the theme of being low on water is treated with some authentic practicality when Crawford tells the passenger that the horses need water first, unless they want to walk. Indeed, I would have spared almost all of the water for the horses and driver. The reasons for making a stand are far fetched, but that's Hollywood. And tired, thirsty, hungry men don't always make rational choices. Some people seem to think people are always on top of their game. If you're not one of these naive people, you'll enjoy a movie like this.


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