The story involves an overland journey through hostile Cheyenne territory to rescue two white women captured by the Cheyenne. One has turned renegade and is not anxious to be rescued as she... See full summary »
A woman and two children are kidnapped by Apaches. The husband of the captured woman enlists the help of his neighbor to find the Apaches that seized his family; not knowing his neighbor has unknown reasons of his own for helping him.
Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon,... See full summary »
Arriving in Arizona on a wagon train in 1866 former Confederate officer Jackson Redan partners with local businessman Don Miguel while their competitor Asa Goodhue is joined by opportunistic drifter Jacob Stint.
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Just before dying from wounds received in a skirmish with Indians Capt. Forsythe orders his cavalry troop's doctor, Capt. Robert MacClaw, to take command. His men don't like it and think that Sgt. Elliott should have been put in temporary command until they reach the Fort. MacClaw admits he knows little of battle tactics but takes charge only with the promise that he will do the best he can. If anything, the men are embarrassed at having such an inexperienced man leading them and MacClaw agrees not to let on that he's a doctor. When they arrive at a staging post they are ordered by the Colonel in command of a group of infantry to escort a wagon train of settlers moving west. There may be smallpox among them however and MacClaw is caught between his promise to his men and the demands of Martha Cutting who is trying to deal with the epidemic. Written by
WILHELM SCREAM: As an Indian is shot off of his horse during the wagon convoy attack. See more »
In 1876 the single-shot Springfield Model 45-70 1873 rifle was the standard US Army infantry rifle, as identified by Captain MacClaw when he picks up an abandoned one. The cavalry used a single-shot carbine version of the Springfield 1873. Yet the final battle sequences show both the infantry and the cavalry troopers exclusively using Winchester or Henry style lever action repeating rifles, even though these weapons were never Army issue. See more »
Capt. Robert MacClaw:
My troops has extra mounts, sir. I thought perhaps you would like to use one.
I'm an infantryman, MacClaw. If I'm going to die, I'm not going to do it sitting down.
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A great Western that entertains well. It is a movie, along with "Charge at Feather River", where Guy Madison plays a character that though having to fight the Indians, also understands their situation.
The chemistry between Madison's and Whitmore's characters was very well played. It is well paced with story moments and action moments fitting together well.
As a historical note, the Winchesters used by the troopers were incorrect as props but then this was a 1950s Western when no one cared about those details. Spencer Carbines would have been correct but unavailable. The one interesting gun prop is in the scene where the scouts are chased back to the column and meet up with the Capt. and others. One of the troopers is obviously holding a Schofield revolver which though quite unusual, were used by the U.S. Cavalry in small numbers.
I really hope that this movie is released on DVD someday soon.
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