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The Charge at Feather River (1953)

Approved | | Western | 11 July 1953 (USA)
The story involves an overland journey through hostile Cheyenne territory to rescue two white women captured by the Cheyenne. One has turned renegade and is not anxious to be rescued as she... See full summary »

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Miles Archer
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Sgt. Charlie Baker
Helen Westcott ...
Anne McKeever
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Jennie McKeever
Dick Wesson ...
Pvt. Cullen
Onslow Stevens ...
Grover Johnson
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Pvt. Ryan
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Johnny McKeever
Fay Roope ...
Lt. Col. Kilrain
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Pvt. Morgan
Henry Kulky ...
Pvt. Smiley
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Pvt. Zebulon Poinsett
Fred Carson ...
Chief Thunder Hawk
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Pvt. Connors
Ralph Brooks ...
Pvt. Wilhelm
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The story involves an overland journey through hostile Cheyenne territory to rescue two white women captured by the Cheyenne. One has turned renegade and is not anxious to be rescued as she is about to be married to Chief Thunder Hawk. Vera Miles dies and the cavalry comes to the rescue in the nick of time by a stream called Feather River. Knives, arrows, spears and tomahawks all come flying at the audience. Frank Lovejoy discourages a rattlesnake with tobacco juice and even gets off a shot into the audience. Written by Tom Kresin <tomk@meaddata.com>

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WILHELM SCREAM: A scream used for the character Pvt. Wilhelm (recorded originally for Distant Drums (1951)) has since been reused in many films, including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. See more »

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When Morgan sets Jennie free, she takes his revolver and then falls from the cliff, taking his revolver with her. In subsequent shots, however, Morgan has a pistol again. See more »

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Pvt. Wilhelm: Yeah; I'll just fill my pipe!
[gets shot by an arrow in the leg]
Pvt. Wilhelm: AAH!
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Featured in A Star Is Born (1954) See more »

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3D western rescue mission
30 June 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Warner Brothers produced this 3D extravaganza that was the biggest commercial success for westerns in 1953. Guy Madison leads a band of guardhouse soldiers and misfits to rescue two white women being held by Indians, which essentially all there is to this film. The 3D format was in its early stages as a Hollywood gimmick to compete with the growing popularity of home television, and the effects work very well here. The rescuers make off with the ladies and are pursued by the Indians until the white men make their stand at an island in a creek bed. The Indian weaponry comes at the audience non-stop throughout, and a spray of tobacco juice aimed at a rattler is thrown in for good measure. Madison was quite popular as television's Wild Bill Hickock and is good as a displaced cattle rancher who is given his thankless task by the army. For all the film's polish and presentation, the movie was made in just three days.


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