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Tumbleweed (1953)

Approved | | Western | December 1953 (USA)
Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, hoping to persuade Aguila, the chief, to call off the attack due to ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Jim Harvey
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Laura Saunders
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Sheriff Murchoree
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Nick Buckley
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Lam Blanden
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Louella Buckley
Madge Meredith ...
Sarah Blanden
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Marv
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Ted
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Seth Blanden
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Aguila
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Tigre
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Trapper Ross
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Weber
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Wrangler
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Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, hoping to persuade Aguila, the chief, to call off the attack due to Harvey's having saved his son's life, leaves the train to negotiate. He is captured and the rest of the train is wiped out except for two sisters. Escaping and showing up in town later, Harvey is nearly hanged as a deserter, but gets away. Eventually caught by the sheriff and his posse, they are attacked by Indians. This time the Indians are defeated and Aguila, captured and dying, reveals the identity of the white man who engineered the initial attack on the wagon train, just as the perpetrator rides up behind them. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The story of Jim Harvey...the savage terror he faced...the desert woman he loved! See more »

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Three Were Renegades  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Coyote Springs is dry, and Jim Harvey is dying of thirst, but his horse "Tumbleweed" digs a new spring, saving them. As Harvey leaves, he sees sheriff Murchorse ride up, walk into the dry spring bed, and collapse. Harvey returns to save the sheriff's life, giving him water, and uncovering the waterhole his horse dug. In the background, beginning at 1:01:28, and clearly visible at 1:01:50 is a wide stream of water. See more »

Quotes

Trapper Ross: I told you, you fly with jailbirds and you get dirty wings.
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People and horse give great performances

With lesser performers and a less-capable director, probably this would have been a lesser movie.

But with the terribly under-rated Audie Murphy, the veteran and versatile character actor Chill Wills, the lovely Lori Nelson, and the later-in-his-life-wildly-popular Lee Van Cleef, among many others, "Tumbleweed" earns high praise.

Oh, and the title character himself? No credit is given for the superlative horse actor. Which is a shame, especially considering how many movies have the performing horse's name above the title, even when he doesn't show as much talent as this one.

This story is involved, although I figured out the bad guy early on. Still, even if you know pretty quickly, you will be on edge wondering how he finally gets caught and, more important, how the hero manages to clear his name -- IF either ever happens.

"Tumbleweed" is a movie I never had heard of before seeing it at YouTube on 13 April 2016.

That print is out of sync for much of the presentation, and another print is too dark to watch.

Still, never mind: It's a good movie. I recommend it.


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