When Apache chief Nanchez is captured by the cavalry, his white squaw and infant son are returned to civilization by Sergeant Hook, but Nanchez escapes custody and attempts to re-claim his son.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sgt. Clovis Hook
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Cora Sutliff
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Jeff Bennett
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Charlie Travers
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Fred Sutliff
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Consuela
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Mr. Trude
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Señora Sandoval
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Heathcliff
Terry Lawrence ...
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Nanchez (as Rudolfo Acosta)
Richard Shannon ...
Trooper Ryan
Sheb Wooley ...
Cooter Brown
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Ann Weaver
Patrick O'Moore ...
Col. Adam Weaver
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After a band of Indians kill a group of soldiers, Sergeant Hook captures them and their leader Nanches. Among the prisoners is Nanches' son and the boy's white mother captured by them nine years earlier. Hook's assignment is to escort the mother and son to the woman's husband. Traveling by stagecoach they learn that Nanches has escaped and it's not long before he and his warriors show up intent on reclaiming the boy. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A white squaw stolen from an Apache chief ... now the massacre was on ! See more »

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24 January 1958 (Finland)  »

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It was the last of the seven movies Barbara Stanwyck made with Joël McCrea. See more »

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If Cora/Barbara Stanwyck had lice, the reason given for her cropped hair, her son would have had lice, too, due to all the direct contact between them. Probably, half the tribe (at least) would have contracted lice, and yet she was the only one with the cropped hair. See more »

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Trooper Hook
Written by Gerald Fried, Mitzi Cummings
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Before Kramer Vs. Kramer...
3 June 2002 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

This 50s western is way ahead of it's time. It deals with child custody and parental rights issues, as well as the racial implications created by the abduction of a white woman by Indians. Once again, director/writer Warren, (Little Big Horn(1951) presents a tidy package, well scripted, acted, with attention to detail. The cast is first-rate and Holliman does a good job in one of his early roles. Put it all together with a nifty title song by Tex Ritter, and what we have here is something FAR from forgettable.


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