A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the ... See full summary »
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
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The townswomen in dresses and bonnets during the town massacre are obviously men. See more »
Somebody has to run things. Sergeant Trainor has experience in this country. I'm a civilian, and I'll follow his orders.
Sgt. Matt Trainor:
Did you hear that, Ruppert?
[Trainor takes away Ruppert's canteen]
Sgt. Matt Trainor:
I'll tell you when to drink, when to eat, when to sleep, and when to breathe!
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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.
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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