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Arrowhead (1953)

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Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon works for the US Army at Fort Clark, Texas and he dreams of aiding in bringing peace to the region, despite opposition from both the Army and the Apaches.


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Capt. Bill North
Mary Sinclair ...
Lela Wilson
Sandy MacKinnon
Richard Shannon ...
Lt. Kirk
Lewis Martin ...
Col. Weybright
Chief Chattez (as Frank de Kova)
Sgt. Stone (as Robert Wilke)
James Anderson ...
Jerry August (as Kyle James)
John Pickard ...
John Gunther (as John M. Pickard)
Pat Hogan ...
Jim Eagle


Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon narrowly avoids an Apache ambush while working with the cavalry stationed at Fort Clark, Texas. The US Army is trying to talk peace with the Apaches and move them to reservations in Florida, and they take Bannon's efforts as detrimental to their new policies, so they fire him. When the Apache chief's son Torinada returns from an Eastern education, Bannon becomes highly suspicious of his motives based run-ins with Torinada in the past. Bannon continues shadowing the proceedings to the chagrin of both the US Army and the Apache warrior. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Actress Kathryn Grant(Miss Mason)made her motion picture debut in the film. See more »


There was a Ghost Dance movement, it was a religious revival of Native Americans in 1890, but it had nothing at all to do with the Apaches. It was popular among the Lakota (Sioux) of the Northern Plains. See more »


Ed Bannon: The Apaches have a saying - think what you want to think. You have to live with your thoughts.
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Heston v Palance ... should have been a more exciting match.
11 November 2003 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Charlton Heston stars as Ed Bannon in a role the NRA would

be proud of. Ed has a fierce hatred for the Apache Indian which

dates as far back as his childhood. The movie starts out with Ed

killing some go-between Indians who come in peace to relay a

message that the tribe is surrendering. Ed belongs to the US

Army and is kicked out for the aforementioned action by Captain

Bill North, played by Brian Keith. Keith does a great job in his role,

at times sounding like John Wayne but never carrying it out quite

as coolly or confidently.

Captain North and his men are tasked with taking the Apaches

to an Indian reservation in Florida. However, it's not going to be so

easy thanks to Apache Toriano, played by Jack Palance. The

Captain thinks he and his men can pull off this feat without much

trouble, but can they, without help from Bannon? After all, he's

lived with the Apache and knows how they think.

This film doesn't really have any good nor bad characters

although at the time it came out the Apaches were the bad guys,

why else would they cast Palance as Toriano? It's an interesting

film from a historical perspective (film history, not actual history)

but much finer "cowboy" vs. Indians have been created. In today's

world the movie's very un-PC, but weren't most early films starring

Native American bigoted in some way?

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