Johnny Hawks, a former Indian fighter, returns to the West after the Civil War. He reacquaints himself with the Indian band led by Red Cloud. Red Cloud's beautiful daughter has now grown into womanhood... Unscrupulous whisky traders are after the gold on Indian land. Hawks averts serious bloodshed by convincing Red Cloud to make a treaty... Hawks leads an Oregon-bound wagon train through Indian territory. When he slips away to see the chief's daughter, trouble between braves and whisky traders flares up anew, putting the wagon train and the nearby fort in peril... Written by
Kirk Douglas did most of his own horse riding and, at one point, broke his nose attempting a stunt that called for him to make his horse fall. Instead of leaning back in the saddle when yanking the horse's head around to the side, Douglas leaned forward and took the full force of the horse's heavy head right in the face. See more »
Right before the Indians tie Todd to the tree with the intention of burning him, he's having a conversation with Johnny. During this conversation, Johnny's left arm repeatedly changes positions, from being stretched out against the tree, to holding his hat in front of him and back to stretched out against the tree. See more »
There can be no friendship between Red Man and White. The fight is to the end. Ride back to your people. There is no room for you here.
You've grown a big mouth since I saw you last, Grey Wolf, but I didn't come here to talk to a big mouth. I've come to talk to a big man.
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This western is a solid adventure has plenty of action and romance and cavalry-Indian fighting. Kirk Douglas is the hero of the story as he guides a wagon train west through Indian country. Problems arise as gold-hungry white men offer whiskey to Indians for information about the whereabouts of gold deposits on Sioux land. While guiding the train, Douglas finds time for a dalliance with a pretty Indian maiden, the beautiful Elza Martinelli, but the lust for gold undoes a peace treaty with the Indians and leads to hostilities, with the train racing back to the fort for army protection. Douglas is great as the trail guide and Martinelli is a looker but doesn't seem comfortable with extended dialogue. Walter Matthau, Lon Chaney Jr, Ray Teal and Elisha Cook have key roles and ex-spouse Diana Douglas has a nice part as a marriage-minded widow. Franz Waxman contributes a nice score, a wistful, brooding accompaniment for this quality western.
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