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Backlash (1956)

Approved  |   |  Mystery, Romance, Western  |  11 April 1956 (USA)
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Jim Slater seeks a survivor of the Apache ambush his father died in.



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Slater
Karyl Orton
Johnny Cool
Jim Bonniwell
Sgt. George Lake
Tony Welker
Jeff Welker
Jack Lambert ...
Mike Benton
Maj. Carson
Sheriff J.C. Marson (as Edward C. Platt)
Robert Foulk ...
Sheriff John F. Olson
Deputy Sheriff Dobbs
Gregg Barton ...
Fred Graham ...
Ned McCloud
Frank Chase ...
Cassidy, Shotgun Rider


Jim Slater's father (whom he never knew) died in the Apache ambush at Gila Valley, and Jim is searching for the one survivor, who supposedly went for help but disappeared with a lot of gold. In the process, he gets several people gunning for him, and he keeps meeting liberated woman Karyl Orton, who may be on a similar mission. Renewed Apache hostilities and an impending range war provide complications. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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11 April 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Padre contra hijo  »

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$1,025,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Director John Sturges hired several hundred Papago Native Americans to play Indians in this film. See more »


Karyl Orton's underwear is appropriate for the 1950s, but not the nineteenth century See more »


[pointing to Jim Slater's holster]
Johnny Cool: I notice you use a tie-down. Does that mean you're fast? Everybody west of the Pecos thinks that they're fast.
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Learning Some Horrible Truths
29 April 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Donna Reed comes upon Richard Widmark at a place called Gila Valley where five men were massacred by Indians and one man escaped with $60,000.00. Three of the five men were identified, but none of the deceased is either Widmark's father or Reed's husband. Of course both are hunting for their respective relations.

The search yields some truths that neither one is willing to face up to. But both seek and find support and comfort in the other.

Backlash as a previous reviewer remarked is almost like a detective story set in the west. John Sturges gets some find performances out of his cast.

The two who stand out and steal the film from the stars are William Campbell as a punk gunfighter and John McIntire as the amoral outlaw leader in whose hands Widmark and Reed fall into at the end of their odyssey.

No studio backlots for this western, good location photography and a very nice plot distinguish this film. Catch it the next time AMC runs it.

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