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Devil's Doorway (1950)

After the Civil War, a highly decorated Shoshone Indian veteran plans to raise cattle in Wyoming but white farmers plan to grab fertile tribal lands by pitting the whites against the Indians.

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Anthony Mann

Writer:

Guy Trosper
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Lance Poole
Louis Calhern ... Verne Coolan
Paula Raymond ... Orrie Masters
Marshall Thompson ... Rod MacDougall
James Mitchell ... Red Rock
Edgar Buchanan ... Zeke Carmody
Rhys Williams ... Scotty MacDougall
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Masters
James Millican ... Ike Stapleton
Bruce Cowling ... Lt. Grimes
Fritz Leiber ... Mr. Poole
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Dr. C.O. MacQuillan
Chief John Big Tree ... Thundercloud
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Storyline

Lance Poole, an Indian who won a Medal of Honor fighting at Gettysburg, returns to his tribal lands intent on peaceful cattle ranching. But white sheep farmers want his fertile grass range and manage to turn the ostensibly civilized white population against the tribes, with tragic results. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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M.G.M. presents a Great Drama of Flaming Frontiers !

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Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fluch des Blutes See more »

Filming Locations:

Aspen, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,373,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,349,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,096,000, 31 December 1950
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After an unsuccessful May 1950 press preview, MGM shelved the film. The grim movie was superbly made, but its uncompromising, downbeat story seemed to spell box-office disaster. After the release of the more mainstream Broken Arrow (1950) the following fall, it did get some bottom-of-the-bill bookings in neighborhood grindhouses but did little business and has remained little seen. See more »

Quotes

Lance Poole: The whites outnumber us, Father. The war is over. All the wars... even yours. The country is growing up. They gave me these stripes wiithout testing my blood. I led a squad of white men. I slept in the same blankets with them, ate out of the same pan. I held their heads when they died. Whey should it be any different now?
Mr. Poole: You are home. You are an Indian.
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Soundtracks

Indian Lament
(uncredited)
Music by André Previn
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Anthony Mann opens the door for Robert Taylor
9 October 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In Wyoming, Native American Indian and Civil War hero Robert Taylor (as Broken Lance Poole) faces discrimination. When his father appears ready for the "happy hunting ground," Mr. Taylor can't get a doctor because he's an "Injun". White lawyer Louis Calhern (as Verne Coolan) wants to take away the land Taylor inherits. Taylor hires female attorney Paula Raymond (as Orrie Masters) to help and they are mutually attracted. Taylor learns that, as an Indian, he is not a United States citizen and has no right to his own land. Sheepherding homesteader Marshall Thompson (as Rod MacDougall) moves in, and the conflict gets violent...

"Devil's Doorway" opens with some serious reservations about Taylor's portrayal of a Native American. It doesn't help that his make-up shades up inconsistently in different scenes. But, after about thirty minutes, when he's in full "red-skin" dress, Taylor creates an appealing and believable character. Taylor's stoic mid-life screen persona matches the role perfectly, and he responds with one of his best performances. Also lifting this film from the doldrums is director Anthony Mann, who gets photographer John Alton under your skin with some beautifully framed and staged scenes. The "pro-Indian" theme was not new, but had become rare.

******* Devil's Doorway (9/15/50) Anthony Mann ~ Robert Taylor, Paula Raymond, Louis Calhern, Marshall Thompson


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