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The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)

Approved | | Western | 17 July 1953 (USA)
During the Civil War, Southern agitators and a crooked horse dealer endanger the peace between the Union and the Wyoming Sioux.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Cook
Ahab Jones
Uriah (as Stacy S. Harris)
Joe Baird
Stephen Chase ...
Maj. McKay
Stand Watie
Julia Montoya ...
Sgt. Manners
Dewey Drapeau ...
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Ray (as Boyd Red Morgan)


Joan Britton, improbably gorgeous frontier horse dealer, and the much less scrupulous Stephen Cook are friendly competitors supplying horses to the Union Army in Wyoming Territory during the Civil War. Southern general Stand Watie, a Cherokee, is rumored to be in the area to stir up the Sioux against the Union, when Cook picks this worst possible moment to steal a herd of Sioux horses. Enter ex-army doctor Jonathan Westgate, who becomes Cook's rival for the love of Joan, opposes his crooked activities...and who alone can prevent a new Indian war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

17 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sioux Uprising  »

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Gross USA:

$1,350,000, 31 December 1953
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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Studio publicity materials indicate that local Oregon tribes such as Walla Walla, Cayuse and Umatilla were used in the film to depict the Sioux. See more »

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9 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Not a great or even a very good Western, but notable, for 1953 (more than ten years before Cheyenne Autumn), for its relatively strong anti-racist message with reference both to the Abolitionist issue in the Civil War and to the long history of failed promises to Native Americans. Given the standard tendency of Westerns (at best) to skirt over race entirely or to present a favorable interpretation of the Confederate cause, this is no small issue.

Apart from Dr Westgate's (Chandler) obvious sympathy for the Indian position, he presents his case for Indian neutrality in the Civil War to the Sioux Council, citing the clear racism of the Confederate general (which he implied would be transferred to the Sioux if they made common cause with the Confederates) and the sacrifice being made by Northern troops in the cause of racial equality. Elmer Daves' Broken Arrow of 1950 with James Stewart and Chandler had already raised the issue of Indian grievances against US Indian policy, but this was emphasizing the message in a 'B' Western context.

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