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Broken Arrow (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | August 1950 (USA)
Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches in Arizona territory.


Delmer Daves


Elliott Arnold (novel), Albert Maltz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Tom Jeffords
Jeff Chandler ... Cochise
Debra Paget ... Sonseeahray
Basil Ruysdael ... Gen. Oliver Howard
Will Geer ... Ben Slade
Joyce Mackenzie ... Terry (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Milt Duffield


By 1870, there has been 10 years of cruel war between settlers and Cochise's Apaches. Ex-soldier Tom Jeffords saves the life of an Apache boy and starts to wonder if Indians are human, after all; soon, he determines to use this chance to make himself an ambassador. Against all odds, his solitary mission into Cochise's stronghold opens a dialogue. Opportunely, the president sends General Howard with orders to conclude peace. But even with Jeffords's luck, the deep grievance and hatred on both sides make tragic failure all too likely. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Romance | Western


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Usually regarded as James Stewart's first real western, as "Destry Rides Again (1939)" was more of a romantic comedy. See more »


At 13:30, awhile explaining his coming across an Apache boy Stewart finishes his drink, at 13:53 Stewart reaches for his glass on the table and you can see it has a drink in it. See more »


[first lines]
[opening narration]
Tom Jeffords: This is the story of a land, of the people who lived on it in the year 1870, and of a man whose name was Cochise. He was an Indian - leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. I was involved in the story and what I have to tell happened exactly as you'll see it - the only change will be that when the Apaches speak, they will speak in our language. What took place is part of the history of Arizona and it began for me here where you see me riding.
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"Apaches protecting Americans! I never thought I'd see that in my lifetime!"
15 August 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Excellent adaptation of Elliott Arnold's book "Blood Brother" concerning the talk, the need, and the struggle for peace between the white man and the Apache Indians in 1870 Arizona. James Stewart is very effective as a brave former Scout for the Union who used to kill Indians but who now wants the slaughters to stop; he learns their tongue, sends up a smoke signal, and is soon in conference with Cochise himself to allow the U.S. mail-riders safely through Apache terrain...he also finds love with Indian princess Debra Paget, a romance his racist white brothers obviously resent (and at least one Apache soldier as well). Strong, moving story relies on the complicated interpersonal relationships between the characters for its impact, and the performances from Stewart, Paget, and Oscar-nominated Jeff Chandler do not disappoint. Beautifully filmed on rugged locations, Delmer Daves directs a winner, one of the best westerns of its era. *** from ****

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Release Date:

August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »


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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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