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Siege at Red River (1954)

Passed  -  Action | War | Western  -  1 May 1954 (USA)
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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
Jeff Morrow ...
Frank Kelso
Craig Hill ...
Lt. Braden
Rico Alaniz ...
Chief Yellow Hawk
Robert Burton ...
Sheriff
Pilar Del Rey ...
Lukoa
Ferris Taylor ...
Anderson Smith
John Cliff ...
Sgt. Jenkins
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Cavalry Captain Farraday attempts to prevent the delivery of Gatling Guns into the hands of hostile Indians.

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NO GREATER STORY HAS THE WEST TO TELL...NO FIERCER BATTLE HAS THE WEST TO RELIVE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Gatling Gun  »

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Music by Lionel Newman
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A Prototype Gatling Gun
20 April 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Siege At Red River is a Civil War western which casts Van Johnson and Milburn Stone as a couple of Confederate spies who steal a prototype new Gatling Gun from the Union Army and hope to get it south so that their army can get it in the field and turn the war's tide. Students of history will note that there is a scene shortly after they accomplish the heist showing that Lincoln has been safely re-elected and that was on the heels of Sherman taking Atlanta. We know if Van and Milburn don't that they're fighting a lost cause.

But we can't have loose Gatling Guns around and Army Intelligence Officer Jeff Morrow is on the trail of the thieves. Johnson and Stone are a wily pair and con Union Army nurse Joanne Dru into innocently transporting the weapon with her medical supplies. But another guy who they use for aid, outlaw renegade Richard Boone has an agenda all his own and it involves the Indians.

I don't think I have to go any farther, anyone who's seen enough films and knows off history knows how this will end generally. How it ends for the principal cast members you see the film for.

What I liked about Siege At Red River is that Van Johnson and Milburn Stone in their guise as medicine show hucksters got to do a little snappy patter and song in the film. Johnson started out as a chorus boy on Broadway and he was brought to Hollywood after a bit part on Broadway in Too Many Girls. Occasionally he did do some singing and dancing, but not enough in my humble opinion. Peggy Maley also does a nice number in the saloon and she was great also.

Maley is Richard Boone's girl and when Richard Boone is mean on the screen there ain't nobody meaner. His villains are usually quite irredeemable creatures with no decent characteristics.

The final attack of the Indians and the soldiers counterattack is staged very well. Nice location cinematography for this, it was not the kind of sequence that could reasonably been done on a studio back lot any longer. Definitely a good western and I believe the only one Van Johnson ever did in his career.


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