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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.

Director:

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

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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

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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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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: I envy you, ma'am., you being a lawyer.
Orrie Masters: Well, I...
Lance Poole: You got a faith, something to go by... like a religion. With you it's the law.
Orrie Masters: My father wanted me to study law. It means a great deal to me.
Lance Poole: Yes, it must. I've always wanted something like that. Something to tell me what's right or wrong.
Orrie Masters: I'm glad you feel the way you do.
Lance Poole: Because then you don't have to bother about your conscience. It's written out for you to follow... no matter what it does to people. It's the law. And changing the law is ...
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Indian Lament
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Music by André Previn
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My Own Bit of Land
20 June 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Anthony Mann's first western maybe one of the best ever done and sad to say it was probably overshadowed by the more popular Broken Arrow which also dealt sympathetically with the plight of the American Indian.

Right after Devil's Doorway Mann did Winchester 73 and a whole slew of films with James Stewart, mostly westerns and well received ones at that. Devil's Doorway should be grouped with those films as well as a cinema classic. My guess is that it is because Mann never did another film with Robert Taylor. If anyone knows why, please let me know.

Robert Taylor gives one of his best screen performances as Lance Poole, Union Army veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor winner and full blooded Shoshoni Indian. He's returned to his ranch in Wyoming hoping to pick up the pieces of his civilian life. Taylor has bought into the ideals of the Civil War. He in fact went to war to free another group of people from slavery.

It's one big disillusioning process as he discovers that Indians need not apply for a piece of the American dream. The Homestead Act which Abraham Lincoln signed during the Civil War specifically excludes Indians from its provisions.

Louis Calhern portrays one of the most loathsome villains of his career as Verne Coolan, a lawyer who apparently for no other reason than his own hatred of the red man, stirs up hatred and resentment against Taylor and the Shoshonis. He brings in sheepherders to homestead in the valley that Poole has his ranch on, knowing full well it will be the start of a range war with racial overtones. The entrance to Taylor's valley is known as the Devil's Doorway.

Calhern has an equally loathsome henchman played by James Millican who starts a bar fight that Taylor finishes. It's a brutal one, ranking right up there with the one in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Other noteworthy performances are by Edgar Buchanan as the town marshal who is torn between his friendship for Taylor and the discriminatory law he's sworn to enforce. Also Paula Raymond and Spring Byington as a female attorney and her mother, quite radical in those days. Although overtly Taylor and Raymond have a business relationship, there is a gleam in Raymond's eyes whenever Taylor's around.

Oddly enough six years later Taylor saw cinematically how the other half lived when in The Last Hunt he played buffalo hunter Charlie Gilson who had a hate for the Indian the equal of Calhern's here.

Although Broken Arrow got all the acclaim and deserved it, it is a pity that Devil's Doorway did not get more attention. Catch this very special film whenever it is broadcast.


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