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New Mexico (1951)

Approved | | Western | 18 May 1951 (USA)
A cavalry captain has great difficulty keeping the peace between his tyrannical colonel and an Indian chief bent on revenge.


Irving Reis


Max Trell (original screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Capt. Hunt
Marilyn Maxwell ... Cherry
Andy Devine ... Sgt. Garrity
Robert Hutton ... Lt. Vermont
Donald Buka ... Pvt. Van Vechton
Ted de Corsia ... Acoma - Indian Chief
Lloyd Corrigan ... Judge Wilcox
John Hoyt ... Sgt. Harrison
Jeff Corey ... Coyote
Raymond Burr ... Pvt. Anderson
Verna Felton ... Mrs. Fenway
Ian MacDonald ... Pvt. Daniels
Walter Greaza Walter Greaza ... Col. McComb (as Walter N. Greaza)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Price Peter Price ... Chia-Kong
Bud Rae Bud Rae ... Stagecoach Driver


Captain Hunt of the cavalry is trying to promote good relations with the Indian chief Acoma. But Hunt's superiors in the military insist on pursuing policies that will provoke a conflict, and Chief Acoma is not willing to let himself be insulted. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

18 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Todesfelsen von Colorado See more »


Box Office


$720,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The plot revolves heavily upon promises made in person by President Abraham Lincoln to Chief Acoma just days before Lincoln's assassination. Lincoln never went to New Mexico (not even when it was a territory, as called in the film.) See more »


Abraham Lincoln never went to New Mexico and certainly not days before his assassination. See more »

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Fair Western with Unrealized Potential
16 May 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"New Mexico" is a fair cavalry-versus-Indians movie that could have been better. It has a good cast and provides a couple good moments, but a routine script and a rather stereotyped set of characters keep it from realizing its potential.

Lew Ayres, a fine actor, has the lead role of the cavalry's Captain Hunt, and the rest of a good cast is highlighted by Andy Devine, Raymond Burr, Marilyn Maxwell, and Ted De Corsia. Unfortunately, most of their characters are not given much depth, and they do not have much dialogue to work with either.

The lack of depth of Captain Hunt is the most important, as the other characters are primarily defined in terms of their relationship with him. At the beginning, he seems to be developing as an interesting character. He is present at a meeting between President Lincoln and Chief Acoma (De Corsia), and seems to be sympathetic with the problems that Acoma's people face after Lincoln's untimely death, even defying for a while his insensitive and boorish military superiors. But when the inevitable conflict breaks out, Ayres is just given some stereotyped lines about how the Indians ought not to resort to violence. Likewise, Acoma, as the leader of the uprising, is a thoroughly conventional character, although at least portrayed with some degree of sympathy.

There are some decent action sequences, and a couple of creative touches in the battle scenes, but it is likely that "New Mexico" will be of interest mainly to those who enjoy any and all Westerns.

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