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The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)

Approved | | Western | 9 May 1952 (USA)
When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian tribes, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. The only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.

Director:

George Sherman

Writer:

Gerald Drayson Adams (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lund ... Maj. Jim Colton
Jeff Chandler ... Cochise
Susan Cabot ... Nona
Bruce Cowling ... Neil Baylor
Beverly Tyler ... Mary Kearney
Richard Egan ... Sgt. Reuben Bernard
Jay Silverheels ... Geronimo
John Hudson ... Lt. George Bascom
Jack Elam ... Mescal Jack
Regis Toomey ... Dr. Carter
Tommy Cook ... Little Elk
Hugh O'Brian ... Lt. Robert Harley
James Best ... Cpl. Hassett
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... George Culver
Gregg Palmer ... Joe Bent (as Palmer Lee)
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When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian tribes, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. The only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.

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Taglines:

The Courage of COCHISE! The Vengeance of GERONIMO! The Glory of the U.S. CAVALRY See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Levante dos Apaches See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story combines two real-life elements, one that happened in 1861, the other (the battle) in 1862, making this something of a prequel to Broken Arrow (1950). The events in that film took place in 1871 and 1872. Jeff Chandler and Jay Silverheels reprised their roles from the previous film, as Cochise and Geronimo respectively. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie does contain historical accuracy with Cochise and Lt. Bascomb it errs on the designation of the guidons belonging to the 7th Cavalry. Custer's 7th never fought anyone but plains Indians. See more »

Connections

Follows Broken Arrow (1950) See more »

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Good Western, well-photographed
14 June 2008 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

This is a good cavalry Western, with a respectable cast and well photographed. John Lund may have got top billing, but Jeff Chandler has the better screen presence, and possibly Richard Egan too.

It contains a couple of common minor flaws of Westerns of the 1950s: the uniforms and carbines relate more to the 1870s than the early Civil War period, and Susan Cabot is yet another white American actor/actress who doesn't convince as a native American, especially compared with the "real Indian" women who briefly appear. Chandler is more convincing as Cochise,and complements well the Canadian Indian actor Jay Silverheels, best known as Tonto in the Lone Ranger series, where he always struck me as being a bit wooden; here he gets some dialogue and a couple of good fights (which he loses)) as Geronimo.

There's a suggestion of an instant romance between Lund and Beverly Tyler as the wagon-train survivor, but this is so feeble it might as well have been omitted.

The action scenes are well handled, especially the climatic battle in Apache Pass.


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