It's 1885 in Arizona and an Army Captain has dispersed his troops to keep the whites off of Government land thereby keeping the peace with the Apaches. But there are those in Tucson that ... See full summary »
It's 1885 in Arizona and an Army Captain has dispersed his troops to keep the whites off of Government land thereby keeping the peace with the Apaches. But there are those in Tucson that want the miners back looking for gold and they put pressure on officials in Washington. Soon a new commander arrives, the troops are recalled, and the miners go after gold. Whites then kill a miner with an arrow so they can attack the Indians hoping the troops wipe them out when they retaliate. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A modest Western, not without interest, though I found the ending a bit too neat. Relatively early for Hollywood (1952), it recognises the Indians' case - it was their land in the first place and it was whites (miners in this case) who broke the treaty. If anything, it shows Geronimo to be almost too co-operative and understanding. And the Apaches are acted by authentic-looking non-whites, rather than having whites in make-up.
George Montgomery looks quite good in the role of the grandly-named Chase McCloud, but mid-film some of his wide-eyed reaction expressions are a bit comical.
There's a subdued love interest with Audrey Long, apparently in her last film in a low-key film career. None of the other actors were familiar to me, apart from Carl Benton Reid whose limited screen time didn't justify his high billing.
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