Arrow in the Dust (1954)

 |  Western  |  25 April 1954 (USA)
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A calvary deserter risks his life to warn and protect a wagon train from an impending Indian attack.



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Cast overview:
Bart Laish
Christella Burke
Keith Larsen ...
Lt. Steve King
Tom Tully ...
Jimmy Wakely ...
Pvt. Carqueville
Tudor Owen ...
Tillotson Henchman
John Pickard ...
Sgt. Lybarger
Maj. Andy Pepperis


Army deserter Bart Laish decides that the best way for him to get away is to join a wagon train headed for Oregon. They're about a week ahead of him and on the trail Bart comes across an old friend, Major Andy Pepperis who is dying from wounds received in an Indian attack. He warns Bart that the Indians will next attack the wagon train and afterward finds the army station, Camp Taylor, destroyed. He assumes Pepperis' identity and catches up to the wagon train taking command of the soldiers escorting it. He proves to be a capable leader and quickly gains everyone's respect. As they get closer to their destination, Bart is closer to being caught and has to decide if and when he will leave them. Written by garykmcd

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Ablaze with the gun-thundering terrors of the West's most violent days!




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Release Date:

25 April 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pfeile in der Dämmerung  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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Towards the end of the movie, Crowshaw goes to deal with a wagon. Meanwhile, Laish orders the men to fall back to the rocks. Crowshaw is seen in two shots among the crowd falling back, but the next shot has him still with the wagon. See more »


Bart Laish: But after your father died, why didn't you go back home?
Christella Burke: Delaware is small. It's crowded with too many memories.
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Sterling Hayden VS his bottom Lip...
26 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Well, after reading the other reviews I have to concur that this movie is pretty darn horrible and boring. TCM is having a Sterling Hayden festival and unfortunately this movie was thrown in for good measure. Where did they get these Indians? Regarding another reviewers 'Review' of the 'School of Bottom Lip Acting' from Hayden, I started to find myself transfixed and staring at Hayden's bottom lip jutting out during the very slow arduous task of viewing the movie. At one point a young cavalry soldier asks Hayden 'should we stay and fight or retreat'. I expected Hayden to reply, 'Not sure, let me consult with my bottom lip'. Early in the film a dying cousin Andy comments to deserter Hayden, 'Surely there is still some good in you?' I expected Hayden to say, 'Nope, this ol' six-gun and bottom lip do the talking' for me..' o.k. well, actually it's the bottom lip that does the talking and the six-gun does the shooting but whatever'... Another annoying thing in his performance is Hayden seems to be faking a deep gruffy voice that makes him sound like Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) on the Mary Tyler Moore show. Lou!? Are any of you Indians named 'Lou'? Just avoid this film at all costs is all I can suggest.

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