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
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Jack Oakie's character Sol Beckworth is based on James Beckwourth, a mountain man, fur trapper, army scout and explorer. A companion of Jim Bridger, "Liver Eater" Johnson, Portuguese Philips, Del Gu, and Frenchy La Blatte, he lived amongst the Crow tribe and married the daughter of a Crow chief and became a respected warrior and leader of the Crow nation. Beckwourth was born around 1800 and was the son of a slave mother and her owner, Sir Jennings Beckwourth. His father acknowledged his paternity and treated him as a son. He granted James his freedom in 1824. Beckwourth started as a blacksmith's apprentice, but headed west to work for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Beckwourth is credited with discovering and mapping Beckwourth Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For all his exploits and deeds, he became one of the Old West's legendary figures. He died October 29, 1866, in Denver, Colorado. See more »
When Dancy is shot and killed by an arrow, padding can clearly be seen beneath his shirt. See more »
This film, as its main character Van Heflin, is sympathetic to the Sioux and their reasons for fighting. This makes it very unusual as was "Broken Arrow" which was released the year before. Rock Hudson at the beginning of his career plays an officer and shows up in a few scenes. Yvonne de Carlo is the woman who falls in love with Heflin, and Susan Cabot the Indian girl who is always with him. Alex Nicol, as usual, is the bad character, in this case an officer who is trigger happy and ready to start a war. Unlike "Winchester 73" where the soldiers where under equipped, here they have a big advantage because of the "breech-loading rifles". Fast paced from beginning to end, good action scenes.
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