The story involves an overland journey through hostile Cheyenne territory to rescue two white women captured by the Cheyenne. One has turned renegade and is not anxious to be rescued as she is about to be married to Chief Thunder Hawk. Vera Miles dies and the cavalry comes to the rescue in the nick of time by a stream called Feather River. Knives, arrows, spears and tomahawks all come flying at the audience. Frank Lovejoy discourages a rattlesnake with tobacco juice and even gets off a shot into the audience.Written by
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This was one of just three films released theatrically in "WarnerPhonic" sound, an early four-channel surround sound system. Unfortunately, only the mono version of the soundtrack has survived. See more »
When Morgan sets Jennie free, she takes his revolver and then falls from the cliff, taking his revolver with her. In subsequent shots, however, Morgan has a pistol again. See more »
After two white women are abducted and taken hostage by the Cheyenne, a frontiersman by the name of "Miles Archer" (Guy Madison) is recruited by the commander of a nearby fort to retrieve them. Accompanying him are several soldiers who have recently gotten into trouble and have been placed under his authority in order to have their punishment reduced. To complicate matters even further, a railroad is being built through Cheyenne territory and this has stirred up the local tribes as well. Now rather than going any further I will just say that this was a decent Western which had a couple of unique innovations in its favor. For starters, it was filmed in a basic version of 3D which is evidenced by the number of shots that feature arrows and spears appearing to come directly at the camera. Likewise, it also incorporated a special audio effect known as the "Wilhelm scream" which was used in a specific incident involving a soldier named "Private Wilhelm" (Ralph Brooks) being shot in the leg with an arrow and this unique sound has since been used in hundreds of other movies afterward. Additionally, having a beautiful actress like Vera Miles (as "Jennie McKeever") dressed in buckskin didn't hurt the film in any way either. Be that as it may, I found this film to be entertaining for the most part and have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.
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