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Massacre River (1949)

Approved | | Western | 26 June 1949 (USA)
Two cavalry officers clash over the colonel's daughter at a remote outpost with Indian troubles.

Director:

John Rawlins

Writer:

Louis Stevens (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Madison ... Larry Knight
Rory Calhoun ... Phil Acton
Carole Mathews ... Laura Jordan
Cathy Downs ... Kitty Reid
Johnny Sands ... Randy Reid
Steve Brodie ... Burke Kimber
Art Baker ... Col. James Reid
Iron Eyes Cody ... Chief Yellowstone
Emory Parnell ... Sgt. Johanssen
Queenie Smith ... Mrs. Johanssen
Eddy Waller ... Joe (as Eddie Waller)
James Bush ... Eddie
John Holland ... Roberts
Douglas Fowley ... Simms
Harry Brown ... Piano Player
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Chief Yellowstone and Colonel James Reid negotiate a treaty setting a final boundary between lands owned by Indians and areas open to white settlers. The Wachupi River, known as Massacre River for the many bloody battles between Indians and settlers, is agreed upon as boundary. No settlers are allowed to cross this river into Indian territory. The Indians promise to stick to their side of the river. However, Chief Yellowstone warns Colonel Reid that some of his braves who wish to wage war might be hard to control and they could attack wagon trains. Colonel Reid's son, Junior Lieutenant Randy Reid is serving under his father. Two of his best friends, Lieutenants Phil Acton and Larry Knight are also attached to the cavalry unit serving at the isolated outpost. The two junior officers compete for the affections of Kitty Reid. Kitty Reid is Lieutenant Randy Reid's sister and Colonel James Reid's daughter. Although Kitty is engaged to Phil Acton she realizes that she's actually in love ... Written by nufs68

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Thrill-swept epic of a flaming frontier!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When a Man's a Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Routine western drama
15 November 2016 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

A dashing cavalry officer is torn between two women causing ructions for those closest to him.

This is more of dialogue driven rather than action driven western. Unfortunately it's not a particularly interesting story which makes much of the film a bit stale. However the good looking cast, decent acting and some occasional stunning cinematography make it worth at least one viewing.

The ending was a bit strange, almost like it didn't know which way to go, sombre or happy, so it tried a bit of both. Which I kind of liked as it goes.

Overall it's not a bad film just one that's not particularly memorable.


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