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Tomahawk (1951)

Approved | | History, Romance, Western | 5 February 1951 (USA)
In 1866 Wyoming, a frontier scout tries to prevent a war between the Sioux and the U.S. when the Army builds a road and a fort on territory previously ceded to the Sioux by treaty.


George Sherman


Silvia Richards (screenplay), Maurice Geraghty (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Bridger
Yvonne De Carlo ... Julie Madden
Alex Nicol ... Lt. Rob Dancy
Preston Foster ... Col. Carrington
Jack Oakie ... Sol Beckworth
Tom Tully ... Dan Castello
John War Eagle ... Red Cloud
Rock Hudson ... Burt Hanna
Susan Cabot ... Monahseetah
Arthur Space ... Capt. Fetterman
Russ Conway ... Maj. Horton (as Russell Conway)
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Carrington
Stuart Randall ... Sgt. Newell


In 1866, a new gold discovery and an inconclusive conference force the U.S. Army to build a road and fort in territory ceded by previous treaty to the Sioux...to the disgust of frontier scout Jim Bridger, whose Cheyenne wife led him to see the conflict from both sides. The powder-keg situation needs only a spark to bring war, and violent bigots like Lieut. Rob Dancy are all too likely to provide this. Meanwhile, Bridger's chance of preventing catastrophe is dimmed by equally wrenching personal conflicts. Unusually accurate historically. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Glory Story of the Great Sioux Indian Uprising!


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John Chivington served as colonel in the United States Volunteers during the Colorado War and the New Mexico Campaigns of the American Civil War. He became infamous for leading the Colorado Territory militia at the massacre at Sand Creek in November of 1864. He and his troops were responsible for the deaths of up to 170 Cheyenne and Arapaho--the majority of whom were women and children. See more »


When Dan (played by Tom Tully) gets shot with an arrow, it hits the side of his left pectoral. Later when they show him, it's sticking straight out front. See more »


Dan Castello: I have to keep moving. Got iron in my blood. If I sit still, I rust.
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A Pretty Solid Western
7 January 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

A famous trapper by the name of "Jim Bridger" (Van Heflin) signs on as scout under the command of "Colonel Carrington" (Preston Foster) to assist him at a small fort in Sioux Country. While he has every intention of assisting the colonel, he also has an ulterior motive and that is establish if the killer of his Cheyenne wife and son is a cavalry officer named "Lt. Rob Dancey" (Alex Nicol) stationed at the fort. At any rate, rather than give away the entire story I will just say that this film turns out to be a pretty solid western, all things considered. While the acting isn't great and some of the battle tactics seem rather strange, the scenery was nice and the open terrain was definitely used to great advantage in the action scenes. Good performances were turned in by the aforementioned Van Heflin along with Susan Cabot as the pretty Cheyenne maiden named "Monahseetah". Likewise, Yvonne De Carlo did well as "Julie Madden" who happens to arrive at the fort en route to Virginia City. But in my opinion the best performance was by Alex Nicol who seemed perfectly cast for the part. In short, those who enjoy a good western probably won't be disappointed with this movie.

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Release Date:

5 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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