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Column South (1953)

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As Lt. Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S. Cavalry and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Lt. Jed Sayre
Joan Evans ...
Marcy Whitlock
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Capt. Lee Whitlock
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Brig. Gen. B.N. Stone
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Menguito
Gregg Palmer ...
Lt. Ben Chalmers (as Palmer Lee)
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Cpl. Biddle
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Trooper Vaness
Johnny Downs ...
Lt. Posick
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Sgt. 'Mac' McAfee
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Primrose
Ralph Moody ...
Joe Copper Face
Rico Alaniz ...
Trooper Chavez
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As Lt. Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S. Cavalry and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being undermined by the machinations of Confederate sympathizers. Written by Michelle Sturges

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Western

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Release Date:

30 November 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Colonne Süd  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Ray Collins's character is "Gen. Stone" in dialogue, but "Gen. Storey" in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jed Sayre: The point is, I don't think Barney was murdered by a Navajo or any other Indian.
Capt. Lee Whitlock: Well, how can you say that? Half the man's head was gone!
Lt. Jed Sayre: You didn't see an arrow sticking in him, did you?
Capt. Lee Whitlock: Proving what?
Lt. Jed Sayre: Proving this: an Indian may scalp a man, but he'll always stick an arrow in the body. It's superstition. It's supposed to pin the spirit to the corpse so it won't go rising up and haunting the guilty Indian or his friends.
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John Brown's Body
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Music by William Steffe
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Routine Audie Murphy western with a slightly more interesting plot.

Taking place just prior to the start of the civil war, Audie Murphy plays a junior army officer who is sympathetic to the plight of the local Navajo Indians and is a good friend of Navajo chief Menquito. A new commanding officer who is from the south is appointed to the post who convinced by Confederate agitators to stir up trouble with the Navajo Indians and send Audie and large column troops out on wild goose chase so the Confederates can gain control of the western territories. Of course Audie gets wind of nefarious plot and prevents further bloodshed.

This film would be an otherwise routine "Indians unjustly forced to go on the warpath by scheming white men" story, had it not been for the Confederate conspiracy angle. Audie Murphy is well... Audie Murphy. If you like Audie Murphy (I do) you will like him here. If you don"t there is no reason why you should like him here. Robert Stirling and Joan Evans are unconvincing as Southerners. Their Southern accents vary through out the film. Film buffs will enjoy seeing many familiar faces in the cast (Bob Steele, Greg Palmer, Russell Johnson, Dennis Weaver and Ray Collins.)


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