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Smoke Signal (1955)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Western  -  March 1955 (USA)
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A suspected cavalry deserter proves to be resourceful in helping the surviving members of a fort, flee Indians along a dangerous river.

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Brett Halliday
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Laura Evans
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Lt. Wayne Ford
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Capt. Harper
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Sgt. Miles
Douglas Spencer ...
Garode
Gordon Jones ...
Cpl. Rogers
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Pvt. Livingston
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1st Sgt. Daly (as Robert Wilke)
William Phipps ...
Pvt. Porter (as Bill Phipps)
Pat Hogan ...
Delche
Peter Coe ...
Ute Prisoner
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Capt. Harper's cavalry patrol returns to the fort to find it besieged by Ute Indians. The apparent cause is the recapture of Army traitor Brett Halliday, who deserted to the Utes in a previous war; but Brett has a different story. With capture imminent, the only chance for the surviving men (and one woman) is to boat down a wild, uncharted river, where Harper and Halliday must pull together, like it or not. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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FLEEING THE FRENZY OF UTE REVENGE ! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | Western

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March 1955 (USA)  »

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Rauchsignale  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

According to an AP report from May, 1954, Piper Laurie was a replacement for original leading lady, Allison Hayes. No reason was given for the change, but Hayes left Universal-International about the same time. See more »

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Just before the two boats are put back in the river, the Indians attack and a trooper is killed. The dead soldier flinches two times during the rest of the battle. See more »

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Sailing down the river
20 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Since "broken arrow" it had become politically correct to treat the Indians as human beings and it was about time!Like James Stewart ,the hero lived with a tribe,married a squaw (who died too) ,but it was a bad idea cause he was a military man and by leaving his "people " behind ,he became a deserter .He was captured and held prisoner in a fort in jeopardy for the Indians are all around.The only way is the river which runs through the canyon.

The screenplay is predictable to a fault ,the female part (Piper Laurie)is essentially decorative ,but the landscapes are worth the price of admission.Like Richard Widmark in " the last wagon" ,Dana Andrews will "redeem himself" (but he is actually so noble there is nothing to redeem indeed).This is a "river movie" ,in which the enemy is actually not the Indians but the dangerous waters and the white men's jealousy and hatred .

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