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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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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: It's clearly common knowledge out here that most Indians do not like to fight at night. An Indian killed at night, they believe, wanders forever in darkness.
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Lazy, Incompetent, and Routine…Only for Die-Hard Western Fans
13 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Fine Actor, Sterling Hayden, Seems to be Broken by the Blacklist, and is at His Worst in this Almost Incompetent Western. The Other Cast Members are Not that Good Either. The Indians, with Blankets Not Covering Up the Fact that They Didn't Use Saddles, are Only On Screen for the Killing, and are Never Shown in Close-Up, Making Them Disposable and Less Than Human. "You know what Indians do to Women and Children.", is a Line in the Awful Screenplay.

The Battles are Frantic and Bullet Ridden with a Few Arrows Flying and Couple Landing in the Dust to Justify the Title. Overall, a Rushed and Routine, Low-Budget 50's Western (as if We needed more of those in the Decade), This will be an Embarrassment to Sterling Hayden Fans and Despite the Occasional Good Shot of Colorful Scenery, it is Easily Forgettable.

One Last Bit of Badness, There are Some Scenes at Midpoint with Much Dialog About How it's Just Past Midnight and We Have to Get Going Because it Will be Daybreak Soon and Indians Never Attack at Night.

These Must Have Been Shot "Day for Night", but these Movie Makers Either Forgot or Didn't Have the Money to do Just That and While Darkness is in the Script and Flowing from the Mouths, it is Obviously Daytime. Sheesh!

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