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War Drums (1957)

 -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  21 March 1957 (USA)
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The friendship between a white man and an Apache chief is tested when they fall in love with the same woman during a time of frontier conflict.

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Mangas Coloradas
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Riva
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Luke Fargo
Larry Chance ...
Ponce
Richard H. Cutting ...
Judge Benton (as Richard Cutting)
John Pickard ...
Sheriff Bullard
James Parnell ...
Arizona
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Chino
Tom Monroe ...
Dutch Herman
Jil Jarmyn ...
Nona
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Yellow Moon
Mauritz Hugo ...
Clay Staub
Ward Ellis ...
Delgadito
Jack Hupp ...
Lt. Roberts
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Mexican girl Riva comes between two friends, Apache chief Mangas and trader Fargo, both of whom love the girl. She weds Mangas to the disappointment of Fargo and the dismay of Mangas's tribe. Fargo brokers peace between the Apache and the white settlers, but unscrupulous gold-hunters trigger war. It is up to Fargo to prevent a bloodbath. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Deadlist Thunder That Ever Rolled Across The West!


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Mangas Coloradas: [to Luke] To be killed by a woman would bring great shame to my family.
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Oh, Sussana
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Composed by Stephen Foster (1848)
Instrumental version played around campfire
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Minor Western with some amusing moments
24 February 2003 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

It's not flamboyant enough to be "camp," but this movie still offers a number of those so-bad-it's-good moments. Most of these moments occur when the Indian characters have to spout such lines as: "A forked tongue is an evil thing." "The peace words of your people are written on the wind." "On a reservation an Apache warrior will be as an eagle with broken wings."

There's also a visually amusing moment when Lex Barker and Joan Taylor emerge from their teepee wearing his-and-her warrior outfits.

Looking past this hokiness, however, you'll find a briskly-told plot which differs a bit from the usual fare because it involves an Apache and a white man (Ben Johnson) in love with the same woman who's half-Mexican and half-Indian. Though most of the movie's Indians look a bit "Hollywood," they're treated in a sympathetic manner.

Lex Barker, as in his Tarzan days, spends most of the time bare-chested and his torso is shown to advantage in a scene where he's tied between two horses and whipped by some greedy prospectors. "Sign your name on his stinkin' hide," someone suggests, to which the flogger replies: "I would if I knew how to write!" (This flogging ranks 71st in the book, "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies.")

Barker's no stranger to the whip, having taken some lashes in "Tarzan and the She-Devil" and, more notably, in "Terror of the Red Mask." Joan Taylor, laughably miscast, fitted much more comfortably into her most famous role, that of the heroine in "Earth vs. Flying Saucers."


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