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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Laurie MacKaye
May Wynn ...
Manyi-ten
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Capt. Peter Blake (as Phil Carey)
Onslow Stevens ...
Col. Ethan Waters
Peggy Converse ...
Mrs. Martha Walters
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Sgt. Creever
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Lt. Raymond
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Chief Satanta
Eugene Iglesias ...
Red Leaf
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Isatai
John War Eagle ...
Chief Quanah
Ralph Dumke ...
Dr. Gibson
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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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4 December 1954 (USA)  »

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Better than average western
3 August 2003 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

I saw this one at the theater as a kid and was somewhat disappointed, probably too much story and not enough action to suit my taste at the time. However by today's standards, this one treats the Native American much more respectfully than other movies of it's time, most notably the God-awful "Arrowhead"(1953). The story moves along well and there really is enough action to go around and Francis shows that he had some real star quality, had he lived. Not a bad one.


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