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Apache War Smoke (1952)

Apaches surround and attack a remote stage relay station trapping a stagecoach, passengers, cash box, a local bandit, a drifter and the station staff in a search for a killer of their tribesmen.


Harold F. Kress (as Harold Kress)


Jerry Davis (screenplay), Ernest Haycox (based on story "Stage Station" by)


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Complete credited cast:
Gilbert Roland ... Peso Herrera
Glenda Farrell ... Fanny Webson
Robert Horton ... Tom Herrera
Barbara Ruick ... Nancy Dekker
Gene Lockhart ... Cyril R. Snowden
Harry Morgan ... Ed Cotten
Patricia Tiernan ... Lorraine Sayburn
Hank Worden ... Amber
Myron Healey ... Pike Curtis
Emmett Lynn ... Les
Argentina Brunetti ... Madre
Robert Blake ... Luis (as Bobby Blake)
Douglass Dumbrille ... Maj. Dekker


An outlaw murders several Apaches and flees to a stagecoach way station with the tribe in hot pursuit. A stagecoach and its passengers have just pulled into the station, as has the stationmaster's father, a former bandit named Peso, and they all find themselves besieged by the Apaches, who want them to turn over the killer to them or they'll take the station and kill everybody. The problem is that the people in the station aren't sure just who among therm is the actual killer. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Based on a Story by Ernest Haycox. See more »


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Release Date:

25 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apaashit sotapolulla See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tom Herrera: All right, Peso, you can stay.
Peso: Thanks, Tom.
Tom Herrera: But I'll take your guns.
Peso: Oh, there's no reason for that, boy. My guns? Why I'd be chilly without 'em. I might even catch cold.
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A short MGM warpath
29 June 2003 | by westerner357See all my reviews

A Wells Fargo stage pulls into a way station just as they see Apache war smoke in the hills. It seems a robber and murderer named Pike (Myron Healey) has just killed some Apache braves and stolen some of the tribe's jewelry.

In the meantime Herrera (Robert Horton) the stationmaster has run into his father, the bandit named Peso (Gilbert Roland) who seeks to rob the Wells Fargo stage of all it's money. Herrera agrees to let Peso stay at the station if he agrees to give up his guns and stay out of trouble, which Peso reluctantly agrees to.

Next thing ya know, Pike hauls ass into the way station with the Apaches close behind and they lay the place under siege. They (the Apaches) know he was the one who did it, even though all the stage passengers think it's Peso who was behind the murders. They want to leave him outside the walls and take his own chances, but Herrera has the final say and he refuses to turn his father out.

So they all take a stand and fight, including a young, teenaged Bobby Blake as an Indian who helps Herrera out at the station. Funny, but Blake's voice sounds like it was dubbed or something because he don't sound at all like BARETTA. Not even close.

There are some half way decent battle scenes but in the end, Peso catches on to what's happened and turns Pike out at gunpoint to the Apaches while the others aren't looking. The indians get their man and leave the rest of them in peace.

It's a decent little MGM oater that doesn't dwell on for too long since it only has a 67 minute playing time. Short by 'A' western standards, it's still worth a look, imo.

6 out of 10

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