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Sam Rolfe (screenplay)
Heck Allen (novel)
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Release Date:
19 December 1956 (West Germany) See more »
The story of a people's faith and the courage of a man they called Godless!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Chandler ... First Sgt. Emmett Bell

Dorothy Malone ... Calla Gaxton

Ward Bond ... Dr. Joseph Holden

Keith Andes ... Capt. Tom Gaxton

Lee Marvin ... Sgt. Lloyd Carracart

Sydney Chaplin ... Timothy

Willis Bouchey ... Col. Edson Stedlow

Michael Ansara ... Kamiakin

Olive Carey ... Mrs. Anne Avery

Charles Horvath ... Sgt. Dutch Williams
Orlando Rodriguez ... Malachi
Glen Kramer ... Lt. Winston

Floyd Simmons ... Lt. Hammond

Pat Hogan ... Jacob
Felix Noriego ... Lucas

Paul Smith ... Morgan

Martin Milner ... Waco

Robert Ellis ... Albie

Ralph Votrian ... Music (as Ralph J Votrian)

Walter Coy ... Maj. Donahue

Alberto Morin ... Sgt. Maj. Frenchy Desmonde

Richard Hale ... Isaiah

Frank DeKova ... Zachariah (as Frank de Kova)

Terry Wilson ... Capt. Fanning
Philip Kieffer ... Maj. Randall
Gilbert Conner ... Elijah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beulah Archuletta ... Indian Woman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Maureen Hingert ... Indian Woman (uncredited)
Bryson G. Liberty ... Warrior at the Mission (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
Sam Rolfe (screenplay)

Heck Allen (novel "Frontier Fury") (as Will Henry)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
Original Music by
William Lava (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Bill Newberry 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tom Shaw .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marshall Green .... assistant director
Ray DeCamp .... assistant director (uncredited)
Terence Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
David Janssen .... looping (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Dorothy Malone (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Luanna Sherman .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #17682) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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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 »
Anachronisms: When Sgt. Bell goes to the tent for a drink of whiskey and Sgt. Carrracart tells him the still is small, Bell leaves and Carracart takes a drink from a canteen. The canteen is a Scout model made of aluminum and was not available until the 1900s.See more »
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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Manitou's revenge, 2 May 2011
Author: dbdumonteil

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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