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A disgruntled settler kills an Apache chief at Fort Yuma, and the fort's commander knows that the chief's son, Manga Colorado, will seek revenge and go on the warpath. He sends word by a courier to Fort Apache where a supply column is due to head across the desert to Fort Yuman, but the courier is killed by Mangas. The column, under the command of Lieutenant Ben Keegan who hates Apaches because he doesn't trust them, and because his assigned scout is Jonas, the brother of an Apache girl, Francesca, whom Keegan has been having an affair with. Also accompanying them is Melanie Crowne, who is going to do missionary work among the Apaches. Mangas attacks the column wiping out everybody but Keegan, Jonas and Melanie. Francesca is killed while trying to warn Keegan, and he realizes how foolish he had been in his prejudice and in keeping his love secret. The Apaches, dressed in the uniforms of the dead soldier, plan to gain entrance to Fort Yuma and massacre the men there. Written by
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The film was originally denied a seal from the Production Code Administration. Geoffrey Shurlock told producer Howard W. Koch that it contained "sadism and excessive gruesomeness". To get a seal, Koch reduced the number of killings from 24 to 10. Removed were scenes where a man is spread-eagled and torn apart by horses; an arrow impaling a hand to wood; and a scene depicting the bodies of hanged Indians, swaying from tree limbs. See more »
Capt. Santley sending a message to the General orders Pvt. Cassidy to "step on it". This phrase, to go fast, came from foot pedals in automobiles and pressing down to go faster. It would not have been a phrase used in the wild west. See more »
This movie begins with Chief Mangas Coloradas and 3 other leaders of the Mimbreno tribe of the Apaches riding into Fort Yuma to negotiate a peace treaty. Unfortunately, a settler goes insane and kills Chief Mangas Coloradas which sets off hostilities between the United States and the Apaches once more. Not long afterward a messenger from the fort is intercepted by the Apaches and they learn that a supply column is headed to Fort Yuma from Fort Apache. This particular wagon train is headed by a cold and cruel officer by the name of "Lt. Ben Keegan" (Peter Graves) who hates Apaches with a passion. Ironically, he is somewhat attached to an Apache woman named "Francesca" (Joan Taylor) who is madly in love with him. Along with Francesca two other people also decide to ride with the supply column. One is a missionary by the name of "Melanie Crown" (Joan Vohs) and the other is the brother of Francesca named "Sgt. Jonas" (John Hudson) who despises Lt. Keegan. None of them know that the Apaches are waiting for an opportunity to ambush them. Anyway, rather than detail the rest of the story and possibly spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this was an okay western movie. Not goodbut not bad either. The fact that it's in color certainly enhances the film but it's still only a grade-B movie for the most part and I have rated it as such. Average.
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