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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.

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... Tom Jeffords
... Cochise
... Sonseeahray
... Gen. Oliver Howard
... Ben Slade
... Terry (as Joyce MacKenzie)
... Milt Duffield
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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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The Battle at Apache Pass (1952) starred Jeff Chandler as Cochise and Jay Silverheels as Geronimo. It was produced later than "Broken Arrow", but functions as a prequel to it. The events in "Broken Arrow" take place in 1871 and 1872, whilst those in "Apache Pass" happen in 1861 and 1862. See more »

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Jeffords encounters a wounded Apache boy. Even though he used his knife to dig out 8 buckshot rounds from the boy's back, days later there are no marks on his bare back. See more »

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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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Arrow Hits Target
30 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

In this underrated Western, Stewart is an ex-scout who tries to make peace between the Apaches and the white settlers in 1870s Arizona. For some reason this film's reputation has taken a hit over the years, but it is quite enjoyable. Stewart made several Westerns in the 1950s, starting with this and "Winchester 73" in 1950. Although the latter film is more highly regarded today, this film is actually better crafted, boasting fine cinematography and score. Chandler gives perhaps the best performance of his career as the noble Apache chief who is willing to make peace. Paget (looking like Britney Spears!) plays Stewart's love interest.


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