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The Gun That Won the West (1955)

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In the late 1880s, Colonel Carrington and his command are assigned the job of constructing a chain of forts in the Sioux Indian territory - of Wyoming. Carrington recruits former cavalry ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Paula Raymond ...
Mrs. Max Gaines
Richard Denning ...
'Dakota' Jack Gaines
Chris O'Brien ...
Sgt. Timothy Carnahan
Robert Bice ...
Michael Morgan ...
Roy Gordon ...
Colonel Carrington
Howard Wright ...
General Pope


In the late 1880s, Colonel Carrington and his command are assigned the job of constructing a chain of forts in the Sioux Indian territory - of Wyoming. Carrington recruits former cavalry scouts Jim Bridger and "Dakota Jack" Gaines to lead the project. Bridger and Gaines are friendly with Sioux Chief Red Cloud, and they feel a peace treaty with the Indians can be made. If an Indian war breaks out, the cavalry is depending on getting a new type of Springfield rifle. Bridger, Gaines and Gaines wife, Maxine, arrive at the fort for the conference. Gaines, in a drunken fit, tries to intimidate the Indians into signing a treaty. Chief Red Cloud threatens war if his territory is invaded by any troops building forts. Written by Les Adams <>

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fort | troop | wyoming | scout | rifle | See All (54) »


When a new kind of weapon wrote history in the Old West!


Adventure | Western


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Release Date:

1 September 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Conquista do Oeste  »

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1.85 : 1
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The Indian horses all appear to have regular saddles under their blankets. See more »


Referenced in Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) See more »

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Slow moving but OK account of Red Cloud's War 1866-68
15 April 2012 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Despite the summary above, this events that this movie depicts happened during Red Cloud's War happened in 1866- 1868 not the late 1880s. Also, the Secretary of War depicted in the movie, Edwin Stanton left office in 1868. The introduction of the Springfield rifle helped the Army win some battles. Peace came after a change of policy that lead to the Army's abandonment of the Powder River Country and its forts along the Bozemann trail. Settlers were channeled to the Transcontinental Railroad then nearing completion. It's route ran farther south.

Red Cloud was the only major Indian leader who really won a war against the US Army. The peace treaty did not last long thanks to white treachery, greed for gold, Custer's thirst for glory, etc.

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