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Pillars of the Sky (1956)

Approved | | Western | 12 October 1956 (USA)
In 1868 Oregon, when the Army violates the treaty by building a road across the reservation, several tribal chiefs decide to unite their forces against the trespassing whites.



(screenplay), (novel) (as Will Henry)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Calla Gaxton
Dr. Joseph Holden
Capt. Tom Gaxton
Sgt. Lloyd Carracart
Col. Edson Stedlow
Olive Carey ...
Mrs. Anne Avery
Sgt. Dutch Williams
Orlando Rodriguez ...
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Lt. Winston
Floyd Simmons ...
Lt. Hammond
Pat Hogan ...
Felix Noriego ...


In Oregon Country, 1868, several tribes of Native Americans have been placed on a reservation north of the Snake River. Here Doctor Holden has built a church, and many of the tribes have accepted Christianity and Christian names. Sgt. Emmett Bell is in charge of maintaining order here. When the cavalry, under the command of Col. Stedlow, arrives, building a bridge across the river and intending to open a road across the reservation to areas north, some of the tribal chiefs feel their treaty has been violated. As the cavalry column advances into the reservation, Kamiakin vows to lead the tribes in battle against the encroaching white men. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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The story of a people's faith and the courage of a man they called Godless!




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12 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Dem Tode entronnen  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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One of the few westerns where the Indians actually ride bareback or on blankets instead of a blanket over the saddle. See more »


During the big battle the Colonel orders that cannon #1 be fired. When fired the cannon did not show any recoil. The force of the firing should have sent the cannon back on its wheels a bit. When Cannon #2 was fired there was too much smoke to say it did not recoil. See more »


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Manitou's revenge
2 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

That scene,when the good doctor courts danger ,when he comes towards an army of angry bloodthirsty Indians ,strongly reminds you of that scene in "the war of the worlds" (1953) when Uncle Matthews ,the minister ,faces up to the Martians ,a Bible and a cross in his hands .But those Indians were supposed to be Christians whereas the ETs were not .Which would tend to show that religion does necessarily calm people down !Jeff Chandler is efficient as sergeant Bell but the love affair is totally bland and Dorothy Malone is totally wasted (hardly 10 lines to say in the whole movie)-she would win an AA for her next movie the famous "written on the wind" melodrama -.Some (Indian only) sadism in certain scenes.

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