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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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Bart Laish
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Keith Larsen ...
Lt. Steve King
Tom Tully ...
Crowshaw
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Pvt. Carqueville
Tudor Owen ...
Tillotson
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John Pickard ...
Sgt. Lybarger
Carleton Young ...
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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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25 April 1954 (USA)  »

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Pfeile in der Dämmerung  »

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About 45 minutes into the movie Major Pepperis has his pants leg cut off by Stella so that she can bandage his leg. Then he goes to solve a problem with one of the wagons. When he returns his pants leg is un-torn and his leg is not bandaged. See more »

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[Bart assumes the identity of Major Pepperis]
Christella Burke: We're not moving?
Bart Laish: Yes.
Christella Burke: Tonight?
Bart Laish: Tonight.
Christella Burke: But we can't Major.
Bart Laish: Why not?
Christella Burke: The trip will be too hard on the wounded soldiers.
Bart Laish: Miss Burke, back where I came from there happened to be dead soldiers.
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THE WEARY STRANGER
By Jimmy Wakely
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A bit dumb....
12 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I enjoy Sterling Hayden and his gritty and realistic acting style. So, I thought I'd give this one a try even though both reviews for this on IMDb are really poor. I hoped they're wrong and it was worth my time.

Hayden plays a guy named Bart Laish. When the film begins, you learn that Bart is a deserter from the Cavalry and is hiding out west. However, as fate would have it, he comes upon a group of dying soldiers that were attacked by Indians. The dying leader just happens to be Bart's cousin and begs Bart to take his place and assume command of the rest of his outfit--which is a few miles away from this massacre! And, the deserter DOES!!! Later, after proving himself against wave after wave of faceless and stupid natives (who seem to just ride by hoping to get shot), all is forgiven with the US Cavalry and Bart is once again allowed to legally wear the uniform. Talk about impossible and ridiculous! In addition to a ridiculous plot and faceless Indians, it's also one of Hayden's relatively flat performances. I guess the other two were right after all....

By the way, in one scene it's supposed to be at night but it appears to be daylight! Huh?!


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