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Oh! Susanna (1951)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western | 3 March 1951 (USA)
A cavalry unit defends settlers against rampaging Sioux Indians.


Joseph Kane


Charles Marquis Warren (story and screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Cameron ... Captain Webb Calhoun
Lorna Gray ... Lia Wilson (as Adrian Booth)
Forrest Tucker ... Lieutenant Colonel Unger
Chill Wills ... Sergeant Barhydt
William Ching ... Corporal Donlin
Jim Davis ... Ira Jordan
Wally Cassell ... Trooper Muro
Jimmy Lydon ... Trumpeter Benton (as James Lydon)
Douglas Kennedy ... Trooper Emers
William Haade ... Trooper Riorty
John Compton ... Lieutenant Cutter
James Flavin ... Captain Worth
Charles Stevens ... Charlie Grass
Al Bridge ... Jake Ledbetter (as Alan Bridge)
Marion Randolph Marion Randolph ... Mrs. Worth
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[The troopers find Charlie Grass, their Indian scout, shot full of arrows]
Sgt. Barhydt: You notice he's still got his hair? That's so when he walks around in the hereafter, everybody will know he wasn't even worth scalping.
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A colorful but slow-moving western
20 July 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

The U.S. cavalry has the task of keeping white settlers out of the gold-rich Black Hills, thus maintaining a treaty with the Indians, the storyline of which has been done in countless other westerns. Rod Cameron and Forrest Tucker and Jim Davis head a good cast, but character development gets the edge over action and prevents the film from being a cut above the norm. Cameron and Tucker have starred together in other western films and their pairing always results in mutual dislike and creates tense moments. Chill Wills has several good scenes as a cavalry sergeant and the film has excellent technicolor values. There is a good cavalry-Indian skirmish but the slow, meandering plot development of angry and greedy citizens who want to ignore the treaty and mine gold deposits on Indian land results in an average movie.

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3 March 1951 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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