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Writers:
Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay)
W.R. Burnett (novel)
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Release Date:
3 August 1953 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon narrowly avoids an Apache ambush while working with the cavalry stationed at Fort Clark... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlton Heston ... Ed Bannon

Jack Palance ... Toriano

Katy Jurado ... Nita

Brian Keith ... Capt. Bill North
Mary Sinclair ... Lela Wilson

Milburn Stone ... Sandy MacKinnon
Richard Shannon ... Lt. Kirk
Lewis Martin ... Col. Weybright

Frank DeKova ... Chief Chattez (as Frank de Kova)

Robert J. Wilke ... Sgt. Stone (as Robert Wilke)
Peter Coe ... Spanish
James Anderson ... Jerry August (as Kyle James)
John Pickard ... John Gunther (as John M. Pickard)
Pat Hogan ... Jim Eagle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Rachel Ames ... Mrs. Kirk (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Rus Conklin ... Wakamaza (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Cavalryman (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Cavalryman (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Miss Mason (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Kuni (uncredited)
Bob Miles ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Dick Paxton ... Jordan (uncredited)
Bob Peoples ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
John S. Peters ... Dr.'Captain' Mason (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Corporal Ives (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Bob Templeton ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Willard W. Willingham ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Trooper Baker (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Marquis Warren 
 
Writing credits
Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay)

W.R. Burnett (novel "Adobe Walls")

Produced by
Nat Holt .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Al Roelofs 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director
Howard Joslin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Cliff Reid Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
George Hamer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Cordell .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Avery .... still photographer (uncredited)
Archie R. Dalzell .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Harry Templeton .... associate to producer
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Film debut of Brian Keith.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 (Souix) of the Northern Plains.See more »
Quotes:
Ed Bannon:Pick another way back to the post anyway, Colonel
Colonel Weybright:We're at peace.
Ed Bannon:It's a good way to stay alive while you're at peace.
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"There's a dead Apache in here, get it out.", 19 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Arrowhead is one of that batch of films that Charlton Heston did between his two DeMille pictures, some good, some mediocre. Arrowhead kind of falls between both categories.

It is one of the most uncompromising films in terms of the place of the American Indian. It's point is that the more we get rid of, the more room for the whites. So either pack 'em off to reservations or kill them. At least Charlton Heston's character feels that way.

Now there apparently is some justification for Heston's feelings at least as far as this group of Apaches are concerned. He was raised among them and knows them well. And knows that the young warrior prince. Jack Palance, is not going to go quietly off to a reservation.

None of which is really explored in the finished product. I have the feeling the editors left a lot of this film on the cutting room floor. Also Heston's relationship with Katy Jurado who acts as a spy while living without benefit of clergy with him is similarly untouched. But for that I blame the Code. What there is is quite daring for its time.

The ending is kind of silly also. When he has the drop on Palance, Palance asks Heston why he doesn't shoot him. Good question Jack, I can't figure it out either. More I won't say.

The film was shot on location in Texas and done very well. Palance, fresh off the acclaim he received from Shane, has the best role in the film. This is also an early film for Brian Keith and he acquits himself well as a young cavalry officer.

But Arrowhead could have been a whole lot better.

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