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Smoke Signal (1955)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | March 1955 (USA)
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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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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Through a Gauntlet of Indian Terror they fled...every moment bringing her nearer safety and leading the man she loved nearer his destruction! (original print ad) See more »

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Action | Drama | Western

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Dana Andrews was a replacement for Charlton Heston who was deemed by Universal to be too expensive. See more »

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When the soldier lost the water barrel over the side of the cliff, he was yanking on the wooden spigot several times as though it were a stuck cork that you have to yank out of the barrel. But it was not a cork, it was a wooden spigot that you turn to open. This was simply to add tension to that part of the movie, which had no action. 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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"River of no return" ,Otto Preminger

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