A Boston schoolmarm out west meets the sole survivor of a massacre, a drunk in jail.


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Complete credited cast:
Haxon 'Hack' Williams
Charlie Martin
Trooper Hadley
Patrick O'Moore ...
Colonel Thurston (as Pat O'Moore)
Jack Lomas ...
William Hamel ...
Trumble (as Bill Hamel)
Dorothy Schuyler ...


Alcoholic former cavalryman Hack Williams is arrested for killing an Indian, something he did not do. The townspeople, fearful of Apache reprisals, plan to hang Williams in hopes of heading off an attack. But the attack comes and Hack, locked in his jail cell, is the only survivor as a massacre occurs. Into the scene of carnage arrives schoolteacher Nora Haynes. Together she and Williams must find a way to reach safety before another Indian attack. But the pair are by no means well-matched, and their trip alone across the desert is not destined to be an easy one. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Two against a thousand blood-crazed Apache savages ... trapped under a flaming sky of HATE !








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In Oct. 1957, 20th Century Fox distributed this film on a double bill with No Down Payment (1957) starring Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, and Tony Randall. See more »


Nora Haynes: Mr. Williams, I know nothing of what you've been talking about, nor does it matter at this time. The important thing is that you and I have found ourselves in the midst of a disaster. Something has to be done. What? What are we going to do?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: We, lady?
Nora Haynes: We, Mr. Williams. Most certainly something has to be done.
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: Yeah.
Nora Haynes: What?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: What.
Nora Haynes: Your intentions?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: A quick departure, lady.
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Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »


Copper Sky
Written by Raoul Kraushaar, Joseph Hooven (as Joe Hooven) and Marilyn Hooven
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A wonderful actress, in the most boring western ever.
1 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tenpercent's review pretty much nails my view of this stinker. Yep, a very, VERY badly-written "African Queen" rip-off.

Too bad, because there are actually a few tinkling of something really good beneath all the stink. Well, basically the tinklings are all due to Coleen Gray. Good Lord, is she beautiful, and a fine actress to boot. I had never heard of her before seeing this film, and am amazed that she wasn't more famous.

Jeff Morrow is so bad in this, I'm shocked to see he still had a career afterward.

But the real culprit is whatever drug-addict wrote the screenplay. Painful.

If you have never seen Coleen Gray, it is worth watching the first 20 minutes or so (until she lets her hair down and bathes in the river.) After that, it's simply torture.

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