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War Arrow (1953)

 -  War | Western  -  January 1954 (USA)
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Major Howell Brady arrives in Indian Territory in hopes of recruiting peaceful, relocated Seminoles to help the army fight rampaging Kiowas.

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Elaine Corwin
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Major Howell Brady
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Col. Jackson Meade
Suzan Ball ...
Avis
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Sgt. Augustus Wilks (as Noah Beery)
Charles Drake ...
Sgt. Luke Schermerhorn
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Maygro
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Pino
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Satanta
Jim Bannon ...
Capt. Roger Corwin (as James Bannon)
Stephen Wyman ...
Captain Neil (as Steve Wyman)
Bradford Jackson ...
Lieutenant (as Brad Jackson)
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Major Howell Brady and two non-coms are assigned to go to Indian territory and recruit peaceful Seminoles relocated from Florida to aid the army in fighting the larger, rampaging Kiowa tribe. Brady promises them better land than the subsistence reservation they have been assigned to. Maygro, their chief, although initially reluctant, finally agrees for the good of his people. However, Brady's superior, Col. Jackson Meade, is hostile to the idea and distrusts having Indians as allies. Beautiful widow Elaine Corwin, proves a pleasant distraction for Brady although her husband, a unrepentant Confederate whose body was never found, may still be alive and leading the savage Kiowas against the hated Yankees. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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War | Western

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January 1954 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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When Beery picks up the arrow it has no arrowhead. When he hands it to Drake it suddenly has an arrowhead attached. See more »

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Major Howell Brady: You can't treat him like that! He's a chief!
Col. Jackson Meade: [Contemptuously] Of what?
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solid western entertainment
23 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of western that was turned out often, to satisfy the many fans of outdoor films, back in the day, and is not to be confused with the big ones. It's just a regular, everyday western, but with good acting, Technicolor, the solid direction of George Sherman, and a fine screenplay by the effective John Michael Hayes (of Hitchcock fame), it delivers enjoyable entertainment for the length of its running time, and should keep you hooked until the action-packed ending.

The premise is an interesting one, and the relationships of the characters - especially Chandler's with his commanding officer, John MacIntyre, and his sweetheart, Maureen O'Hara, are more interesting than in the usual standard western.

Also interesting is the way Chandler, as an Army officer, tends not so much to defy authority as to ignore it, when it doesn't suit his (and what he perceives as the Government's) purpose.

I thought Chandler and O'Hara were excellent leads, with good chemistry

  • with MacIntyre, Charles Drake, Noah Beery, Jr., and (cast as Indians)
Suzan Ball, Henry Brandon, and Dennis Weaver extremely effective, as well.

A drawback was that some of the dialogue was difficult to pick up (though that could have to do with the DVD transfer, not the film itself), and the denouement was kind of sudden and the ending rushed.

And, as usual with some of these films, the whole thing seems a little bit modern, with well-lit (supposedly by candlelight and oil lamps), perfectly decorated rooms at the fort (plenty of fresh flowers everywhere) - and Miss Ball in a dress she supposedly constructed herself - her first try at dressmaking - which fits her as if it was executed by Universal's dressmakers (it was). But you have to figure they did their best on a typical budget and with the usual time constraints. Their best is pretty good.

The action is good, the story is interesting, the relationships are well-developed, and the plot keeps you guessing. So I recommend this film, for western fans.


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