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Release Date:
4 October 1955 (USA) See more »
A disgruntled settler kills an Apache chief at Fort Yuma, and the fort's commander knows that the chief's son... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Aip Composer Paul Dunlap Dies
 (From Famous Monsters of Filmland. 24 March 2010, 12:34 PM, PDT)

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Peter Graves ... Lt. Ben Keegan
Joan Vohs ... Melanie Crown
John Hudson ... Sgt. Jonas

Joan Taylor ... Francesca
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Sgt. Milo Hallock (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
James O'Hara ... Cpl. Taylor
Abel Fernandez ... Mangas
Addison Richards ... Gen. Crook
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Crazed Man (uncredited)
Edmund Penney ... Pvt. Cassidy (uncredited)
Lee Roberts ... Capt. Santley (uncredited)

Directed by
Lesley Selander 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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Produced by
Howard W. Koch .... producer
Aubrey Schenck .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Gordon Avil 
Film Editing by
John F. Schreyer 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bud Andrews .... assistant director
Art Department
Arden Cripe .... property master
Sound Department
Joe Edmondson .... sound mixer
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor
Jackie Hamblin .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Comer .... lighting technician
William Margulies .... camera operator
Casting Department
John G. Stephens .... casting supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wesley Jeffries .... wardrobe
Music Department
John A. Bushelman .... music editor
Crew believed to be complete

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78 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Despite what another Trivia entry claims, the number of on-screen killings in the film was not reduced to 10 for censorship reasons. In fact, there are over 30 on-screen killings during the course of the film, of whites and Indians.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »


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An Okay Western Movie, 13 January 2014
Author: Uriah43 from Amarillo, Texas

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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 good—but 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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