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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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Complete credited cast:
Wade Harper (as Phil Carey)
Roberta Haynes ...
Mrs. Paris Elliott
Mac McBride
Ace Elliott
Pvt. Reno Benton
Maurice Jara ...
Col. Markham
Spotted Bear
Pat Hogan ...


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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Release Date:

2 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bis zur letzten Kugel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fort Kearny, where the 1st Nebraska Cavalry troops are stationed in the movie, was an actual U.S. army post located on the south bank of the Platte River. It is inactive, but still stands and is a Nebraska state historical park. A half-mile to the east is Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, which contains a small lake and numerous camping sites. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Pushover (1954) See more »

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Heaven thanks, it´s over

Seen a hundred times: a small group of people in a post station besieged by Indians

  • a brave cavalry scout

  • his former girl friend, now married to a rich coward

  • the rich coward

  • an indian cavalry scout, accused of murder of an indian


  • an old cavalry man, friend of the scout (and responsible for the poor


  • an mad cavalry man and killer (Lee Van Cleef, who else


The Story ? Kill a lot of Indians, talk much and often change the power (I thing the coward alone betrayed the other three times) The only good thing in this 3D movie is the short running time (excuse for my school English)

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