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Drums Across the River (1954)

Approved | | Western | June 1954 (USA)
When whites hunger after the gold on Ute Indian land, a bigoted young man finds himself forced into a peacekeeping role.

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Gary Brannon
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Sam Brannon
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Frank Walker
Lisa Gaye ...
Jennie
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Morgan
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Sue
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Taos
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Nathan Marlowe
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Sheriff Jim Beal
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Chief Ouray
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Billy Costa
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Jed Walker
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Les Walker
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Ralph Costa
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Stilwell (as Howard Mc.Near)
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Crown City, Colorado, may become a ghost town; the only gold left is in Ute Indian land. Gary Brannon, an honest man who hates Indians, joins a mission to try for mining concessions; but crooked Frank Walker, more realistically, plans to start an Indian war. Gary and his wiser father Sam have their hands full keeping the peace, and Walker has lots more schemes up his sleeve. More plot twists than the average Western. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A wilderness of danger ! An empire of savage hate !

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Stirrups are visible beneath the blankets on the Indians' horses. See more »

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Sam Brannon: Now look - you don't have to see a skunk to know he's around.
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Cowboys and Indians...Technicolor Drips from the Screen
21 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Colorful, Winner Western with Audie Murphy in His Element and a Solid Back-Up Cast including Walter Brennan in an atypical Super Serious Role as Murph's Dad.

Some Recognizable Bad-Guys including the always Grinning Lyle Bettger, Bob Steele, and Hugh O'Brian as a Psycho Gunslinger. Jay Silverheels and that always Recognizable Voice has a Small but Important Role as an Indian Chief.

It is quite Striking just how much Plot was Woven into these 80 Minute Westerns, it's just a Treat to Watch it Unfold at a Blistering Pace. The Action Never Lets Up and the Story Layers are Simple and Significant.

The Movie features that Glorious Technicolor that Drips from the Screen, a Look that has been Lost in Time. Overall, this Cowboys and Indians Movie is the Stuff that made Saturday Matinees the Favorite Spot for Kids of the Fifties.

Downtown at the Movie Palace there were Western and Sci-/Horror Entertainment along with Color Cartoons, and Short Subjects and the Kids were there because that was where it was at, through the 1950's.


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