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Red Tomahawk (1967)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 1 January 1967 (USA)
An army captain tries to convince the inhabitants of a village to hand him over two machine-guns so he can attack the indians.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Tom York
Dakota Lil McCoy
Columbus Smith
Ep Wyatt
Sy Elkins
Deadwood Telegrapher
Bill Kane
Tracy Olsen ...
Lt. Drake
Bly - Deserter (as Donald Barry)
Prospector #3 (as Reg Parton)
Gerald Jann ...
Wu Sing
Prospector #2
Ned Crone


An army captain tries to convince the inhabitants of a village to hand him over two machine-guns so he can attack the indians.

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The Red Tomahawk strikes and the prairie blazes with the West's worst massacre! (original poster) See more »


Action | Drama | War | Western


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1 January 1967 (USA)  »

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Der blutige Westen  »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Betty Hutton and Howard Keel, co-stars of the critical and financial hit, Annie Get Your Gun (1950), were set to team again. However, when filming started, Miss Hutton could not keep up with the fast-paced schedule (10 to 14 days). She was fired and replaced by Joan Caulfield, who was Betty's colleague on the Paramount lot during the 1940s. See more »

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How to make a geezer western
19 November 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Howard Keel devoted a bit of time to Red Tomahawk in his memoirs the same way Charlton Heston did with Major Dundee. Not because the finished product was a cinematic masterpiece but because the making of it might be a great movie script itself.

Along around 1968 Keel did three films for producer A.C.Lyles known for making low budget westerns with players who'd seen better days. Keel says in his memoirs the first two were done and this third one was done because Lyles had lots of stock footage of Indian attacks so a script was created around the attacks. Keel is an army captain who has just seen what was left of General Custer and his men at Little Big Horn and races to the town of Deadwood where it's rumored there are Gatling Guns. With two of them there Keel makes a Solomon like decision as to their use for both the town and the army in need of an equalizer.

Along the way Keel picks up Scott Brady and Broderick Crawford as sidekicks and does a little romance with saloon queen Joan Caulfield.

Caulfield replaced Betty Hutton whom A.C.Lyles hired then fired. Keel with some reluctance said that he was grateful for the part as he like the rest of the A.C.Lyles regulars wasn't getting much work any more. Hutton who was his co-star in Annie Get Your Gun and with whom he had some bad work history there in Keel's own words acted like Norma Desmond in her return to the Paramount lot. Very shortly afterward Lyles decided he was not putting up with it.

In the end Red Tomahawk was a pretty mediocre B western and not even one of the best of A.C. Lyles work.

But it sounds like the making of it might be good film. Read Howard Keel's memoirs, there's even more.

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