As Lt. Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S. Cavalry and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being undermined by the machinations of Confederate sympathizers.Written by
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Ray Collins's character is "Gen. Stone" in dialogue, but "Gen. Storey" in the credits. See more »
Lt. Jed Sayre:
My orders are to move you out.
You speak of a place where vultures grow fat from the bodies of those who die without food in winter and without water in summer. This is our home. We will not move.
Lt. Jed Sayre:
Here me well, Menquito. If you haven't given the word to your people by the time that cloud passes the sun, I'll open fire!
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Opening credits prologue: The breach between the north and south was rapidly widening. A grim spectre of civil war hovered over the land. It was a time of crisis... A time for choosing sides. See more »
This movie's would have been much better in black and white.All of the canvas painting of backgrounds would have looked a little bit real... maybe?
It had to be tough on Murphy playing a fake soldier. I imagine the actors were in awe standing beside of the most decorated soldier in War World Two.
Murphy's baby face always made it difficult for him to be taken serious as an actor. A real life liberal who was playing mostly conservative characters.
This film is just a simple western in which the studios used Murphy to draw an audience. John Wayne was always in demand but I never could see why he, Wayne, who, to the surprise of many, avoided the draft while Murphy volunteered and was only 19 years old when he was given medals for his valor.
Murphy died broke in a plane crash without ever reaching the stardom he deserved.
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