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Siege at Red River (1954)

Approved | | Western | 1 May 1954 (USA)
Cavalry Captain Farraday attempts to prevent the delivery of Gatling Guns into the hands of hostile Indians.

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Capt. James S. Simmons / Jim Farraday
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Nora Curtis
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Brett Manning
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Sgt. Benjamin 'Benjy' Guderman
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Frank Kelso
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Lt. Braden
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Chief Yellow Hawk
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Sheriff
Pilar Del Rey ...
Lukoa
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Anderson Smith
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Sgt. Jenkins
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In November 1864, during the final weeks of the American Civil War, a Union train pulls into Greensburg, Ohio. Beside passengers, troops and mail the train also carries the latest military invention of Dr. Gatling, the Gatling Gun. Only four such weapons have been assembled and one of them is being sent out West to be tested by Union troops. However, Confederate spies, led by Captain James S. Simmons, of the Georgia volunteers, are well informed regarding the presence of the Gatling Gun on the train. The Confederates, masquerading as Yankees, have set-up an ambush at Greensburg's railway station. When the train stops at Greensburg, the Confederate spies manage to attack and capture the crates containing the disassembled Gatling Gun. After leaving the scene, the Confederate team disperses and only Captain Simmons and Sergeant Guderman carry the Gatling hidden in an elixir salesman's wagon. The two Confederates must cross all Union states undetected and reach Confederate lines with the ... Written by nufs68

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"...And the two best soldiers in the line that day were the Captain from Georgia and the Yankee Spitfire!" (original print ad) See more »

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Western

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1 May 1954 (USA)  »

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Arapaho Trail  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Peters was tested for a role. See more »

Goofs

Joanna Dru is clearly wearing foundation and eyeliner. Neither of these were invented until the early 20th century and a woman in a rural area wouldn't have worn them, especially since they would have attracted dust to her face and eyes. See more »

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Features Buffalo Bill (1944) See more »

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Tapioca
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Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Ken Darby
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Travels of a stolen Gatling gun
13 July 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This western is about two unreconstructed southerners who steal a Gatling gun from Union soldiers which winds up in the hands of an outlaw who sells the gun to Indians for gold. The film dwells on character development and takes a great deal of time detailing the two southern agents' travels from town to town delivering coded messages and trying to arrange a rendezvous with a contact to deliver the Gatling. The picture is another Blue vs. Gray conflict in the west with the Indians on the warpath against the soldiers, a plot angle that has been done better in other westerns. Van Johnson is okay as the hero and Joanne Dru is the gal who falls for Johnson. Richard Boone is a standout as a gun-running renegade in a role as a heavy he would reprise in other westerns. The supporting cast and color photography are good.


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