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The Story of a Great Enemy (1939)

Geronimo (original title)
The army's effort to capture Apache chief Geronimo, who is leading a band of warriors on a rampage of raiding and murder, is hampered by a feud between two officers--who are father and son.

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Paul Sloane (as Paul H. Sloane)

Writer:

Paul Sloane (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Preston Foster ... Captain Bill Starrett
Ellen Drew ... Alice Hamilton
Andy Devine ... Sneezer
William Henry ... Lt. John Steele, Jr.
Ralph Morgan ... Gen. Steele
Gene Lockhart ... Gillespie
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Steele
Pierre Watkin ... Colonel White
Chief Thundercloud ... Geronimo
Kitty Kelly ... Daisy Devine
Monte Blue ... Interpreter
Addison Richards ... Frederick Allison
Joseph Crehan ... President Ulysses S. Grant
Joe Dominguez Joe Dominguez ... Pedro
William Haade ... McNeil
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The army's effort to capture Apache chief Geronimo, who is leading a band of warriors on a rampage of raiding and murder, is hampered by a feud between two officers--who are father and son.

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The Red Raider Roars Into Battle . . . with 10,000 yelling Indians at his back ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1940 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of a Great Enemy See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Actor Charles Stevens was Geronimo's Grandson. See more »

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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.53 (2015) See more »

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Entertaining Hour and a Half!
8 June 2002 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"Geronimo" was apparently intended to be an epic western by Paramount but instead is no more than a "B" plus actioner. Taken on that level it is not bad. Much criticized for its extensive use of stock footage and cheap looking process shots, it nevertheless comes off as a pretty good western.

The story involves the efforts of the U.S. Army to stop Geronimo (Chief Thundercloud) from attacking the white settlers. General Steele (Ralph Morgan) is appointed to the task by President Grant. Assisting him are Captain Starrett (Preston Foster), a veteran Indian fighter who along with chief scout Sneezer (Andy Devine) have spent many years fighting against Geronimo. Into the mix comes the General's son (William Henry) who has been assigned to the General's command straight from West Point. Unscrupulous gun runner Gene Lockhart has been arming the Indians and assisting Geronimo in massing the tribes.

Although Foster and Ellen Drew are top billed, neither are the main characters in the story. The main sub plot involves the conflict between Morgan and Henry. The veteran Morgan steals the picture in my opinion. Drew is seen in only a few scenes and spends most of her screen time in a hospital bed. Foster plays nursemaid to the General's son, grumbles a lot with Devine and does little else. Chief Thundercloud is suitably brutal and savage, as the title character. Watch for veteran Indian actor Charlie Stevens as an Apache messenger. He was reportedly a blood relative of the real Geronimo.

The battle scenes are good and the acting is good all around. "Geronimo" may not have been the epic that Paramount intended, but it is an entertaining hour and a half in any case.


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