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Fred F. Sears
Dr. Allen Seward (Robert Francis) is assigned to a western cavalry post where his predecessors had been drunks and slackers. The post doesn't take kindly to him either, especially after he disregards regulations and tends to sick Indians on the malaria-infested reservation. The Indians break away from the reservation to move to a healthier higher ground, and when they join with the Comanches to besiege the fort, Seward is branded as a "woodhawk", the bird that turns against its own. Donna Reed is present as the niece of the post commander; Phil Carey is a cavalry captain that believes the only good Indian is a dead Indian, and May Wynn (who shared a screen debut with Francis in "The Caine Mutiny)is the white girl raised by the Indians and married to the chief's son. Francis would make only two more films before being killed in a 1955 plane crash. Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This picture is a decent western that details the problems of an army doctor among military brass and rank and file soldiers at an outpost in Indian territory. Robert Francis has the misfortune of following incompetent doctors whose questionable medical practices did more harm than good. Problems arise when Francis tries to cure an Indian tribe of malaria against the army's wishes. Another plot angle involves a white woman married to an Indian and Francis tries to persuade her to return to her own people. Donna Reed and Phil Carey are the other main players in this film that has its moments but is otherwise a routine western. Francis and May Wynn were together in "The Caine Mutiny" before Francis' untimely death in a plane crash.
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