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The Nebraskan (1953)

Approved | | Western | 2 December 1953 (USA)
Trying to make peace with the Nebraska Sioux leads frontier scout Wade Harper through many perils.

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Mrs. Paris Elliott
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Pvt. Reno Benton
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Col. Markham
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Spotted Bear
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In 1867, Nebraska becomes a state, but still has no permanent peace with the Indians. Federal scout Wade Harper has a peace mission cut short when chief Thundercloud is murdered, supposedly by Harper's Indian comrade Wingfoot. Harper's efforts to get justice for Wingfoot are sabotaged by escaping murderer Reno. Finally, Harper and five others (including Harper's former girlfriend Paris) are besieged in a remote trading post by the warlike Chief Spotted Bear... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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If the Indians didn't get them... they'd get each other!

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The area where this movie is set, south central Nebraska, was at the time referred to as the "Great American Desert", due to a lack of forestation and ground water. However, lying just below the surface is the Oglalla Aquifer, one of the world's largest underground water tables, in the south central Nebraska region, where the water table may be as close as six feet below the ground. Tapping the Oglalla Aquifer, along with irrigation from numerous small rivers, transformed the Great American Desert into a highly productive agricultural area. See more »

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A motor, likely a generator, is audible during the dialogue of several scenes and is particularly noticeable at six minutes into the film. Motors could not have been a natural background noise in Nebraska during the 1860's. See more »

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Comanche Justice
22 September 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A whole group of competent B film players get cast in The Nebraskan which as a film might pass muster for an episode on a television western. It's one of the most contrived pieces of film making I've ever seen.

First we have some Comanche politics where Maurice Jara is accused of murdering the old chief in a palace coup d'etat. His accuser is Jay Silverheels who becomes the new chief. Things are really bad though when Jara decides white man's justice is better so his friend, army scout Philip Carey brings him in.

But when they lock him in the army guard house, another prisoner there, Lee Van Cleef has other ideas. He's a trooper accused of murder and he busts out together with Jara.

Then we got passengers on a stage Richard Webb and Robert Haynes, husband and wife, who get rescued by the cavalry and then rescued by Carey on the trail of Van Cleef and Jara. Wouldn't you know it she's Carey's old flame who married Webb on the rebound.

All these good folks wind up at Wallace Ford's old besieged by Silverheels and the Comanches who want Jara real bad. If you have no idea how this is all going to end, you've not seen too many westerns.

Regis Toomey as the post commanding colonel and Dennis Weaver as a hot headed young captain complete the cast of this western. It's way too contrived for my taste and the ending in how all is put right makes no sense at all.

But if you're interested in what I'm talking about sit through The Nebraskan and find out.


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