Drums Across the River (1954)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Brannon
Sam Brannon
Frank Walker
Lisa Gaye ...
Jennie Marlowe
Mara Corday ...
Sue Randolph
Emile Meyer ...
Nathan Marlowe
Sheriff Jim Beal
Morris Ankrum ...
Chief Ouray
Billy Costa
James Anderson ...
Jed Walker
George Wallace ...
Les Walker
Lane Bradford ...
Ralph Costa


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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Release Date:

June 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adlerschwinge  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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2.00 : 1
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Stirrups are visible beneath the blankets on the Indians' horses. See more »


Chief Ouray: I fought the enemies of peace, no matter who, while I lived. I will fight them after my death.
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A fine cowboys and Indians western
14 July 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This unheralded western is a solid yarn about a familiar plot of greedy whites scheming to mine rich gold deposits on Indian land. Audie Murphy's role as an Indian-hating cowboy is a bit out of character for him but he's okay in spite of his clean-cut, easygoing manner. Walter Brennan, a surprise member of the cast, is great in the role of Murphy's father and friend of the Indians. There are nice battles between the cowboys and Indians and the scenery is terrific. Lyle Bettger is the heavy and gives his usual fine performance. Jay Silverheels figures prominently in the picture and is stern but dignified as an Indian chief. Morris Ankrum and Mara Corday are also good in limited roles.

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