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They Rode West (1954)

Approved | | Western | 4 December 1954 (USA)
A young cavalry doctor treats very sick Indians against orders, whom are forced to stay on unhealthy land, which could lead to a war.



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Complete credited cast:
Laurie MacKaye
Capt. Peter Blake (as Phil Carey)
Col. Ethan Waters
Peggy Converse ...
Mrs. Martha Walters
Sgt. Creever
Lt. Raymond
Chief Satanta
Eugene Iglesias ...
Red Leaf
John War Eagle ...
Chief Quanah
Ralph Dumke ...
Dr. Gibson


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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One false move meant death when ... They Rode West.




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Release Date:

4 December 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Woodhawk  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Army Had Bad Doctors
19 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film starts out with a Calvary Army Officer being shot in the leg by a Native American Indian and is treated by an Army Doctor who is bombed out of his mind on booze and tries to operate on his leg and cuts an artery and the soldier dies. Philip Carey, (Capt. Peter Blake) is very upset about other Army doctors who have caused him problems in the past who were on drugs and booze also. Robert Francis, (Dr. Allen Sewart),"Caine Mutiny" '54 is a new doctor and commissioned by the Army to serve with Capt. Peter Blake. Blake mistrusts Dr. Allen Sewart and gives him a very hard time, because he seems to hate all doctors. Donna Reed,(Laurie MacKaye) takes a liking to Dr. Sewart and encourages him to stand up and fight back at Capt. Blake. May Wynn,(Manyi-ten) "Caine Mutiny" is a white woman who is married to an Indian and seeks the help of Dr. Sewart and falls in love with him. This is a great story and will hold your interest from beginning to the very end. It is very sad that in real life, Robert Francis, was killed in an airplane accident right after he made the great film "Caine Mutiny" he was only twenty-five (25) years of age.

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