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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

Complete credited cast:
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Sgt. Matt Trainor
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Julia Lanning
Johnny Stewart ...
Little Knife
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Jim Starbuck
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Rusty Potter
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Romany O'Rattigan
Hugh Sanders ...
Denver Kinnaird
Ric Roman ...
Martinez
Chubby Johnson ...
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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Release Date:

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

The film shows the surrender of the Comanches in 1876, after a final violent struggle. In reality, the Comanche surrender was peaceful and took place on June 2, 1875. The last Comanche tribe to surrender was led by Quanah Parker--who was actually half-white but whom the Comanches nevertheless chose as their leader--and came into Fort Sill, Oklahoma, under a flag of truce. Thereafter, they lived on the reservation. 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 The Thirteen (1937) 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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Great Broderick Crawford Film
2 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like Broderick Crawford, you will enjoy this film from beginning to end. Broderick plays the role of Sgt. Matt Trainor who leads a group of people from Arizona with all kinds of backgrounds, one man was a gun smuggler for the Indians, Black Cloud and a young woman, named Julia Lanning, (Barbara Hale) who is among many men but no one tries to hit on her, mainly because they are too busy fighting off Indians constantly. There is plenty of action with arrows flying through the air and people running out of water and Sgt. Matt playing all kinds of games with the Native American Indians who do not fool around and drive a hard bargain. Lloyd Bridges, "Sea Hunt TV Series" (Jim Starbuck) looks very young and gives a great supporting role. Enjoyable 1953 film classic which was filmed in Buttercup Dunes, California and not the Sahara Desert.


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