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Column South (1953)

Approved | | Western | 30 November 1953 (Sweden)
Before the Civil War, Lt. Jed Sayre's efforts to conciliate the cavalry and the Navajo are undermined by his racist C.O. and Confederate sympathizers.

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(as Frederick de Cordova)

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(story), (screenplay)
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Cast

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Lt. Jed Sayre
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Marcy Whitlock
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Capt. Lee Whitlock
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Brig. Gen. Storey
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Menguito
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Chalmers (as Palmer Lee)
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Cpl. Biddle
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Trooper Vaness
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Lt. Posick
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Sgt. McAfee
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Joe Copper Face
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Trooper Chavez
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Storyline

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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Against treason and Navajo fury the U.S. cavalry rides ! See more »

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Western

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30 November 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Coloana Sud  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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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: Then the peace is strong, Menquito?
Menguito: It will always be strong so long as there are men with strong minds to guard it well.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: FORT UNION

TERRITORY OF NEW MEXICO

JANUARY 1861 See more »

Soundtracks

"Beautiful Dreamer' (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
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The Country Divides, The Army Divides
3 September 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Column South finds Audie Murphy as an army lieutenant in acting command at Fort Union in New Mexico. The new commander Captain Robert Sterling with his sister Joan Evans arrives to take over and he's a spit and polish short and his disposition ain't helped when he comes into the fort and sees a brawl going about politics. It's 1860 and the country is getting ready to divide sectionally.

But it's still one army with a mission to keep the peace with the Navajo represented by Chief Dennis Weaver. But the growing divide may let the Indians conquer and Weaver is one smart and courageous warrior.

In fact Weaver is the best one in the cast, the one who steals the film in every scene he's in. There's also a good performance by Ray Collins who is a visiting general with a big agenda all his own.

Column South is a well done western with a good cast and a good story for this cast to perform. Definitely one of Audie Murphy's better westerns.


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