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The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)

Approved | | Western | 17 July 1953 (USA)
During the Civil War, Southern agitators and a crooked horse dealer endanger the peace between the Union and the Wyoming Sioux.


Lloyd Bacon


Melvin Levy (screenplay), J. Robert Bren (screenplay) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Jonathan Westgate
Faith Domergue ... Joan Britton
Lyle Bettger ... Stephen Cook
Peter Whitney ... Ahab Jones
Stacy Harris ... Uriah (as Stacy S. Harris)
Walter Sande ... Joe Baird
Stephen Chase ... Major McKay
John War Eagle ... Red Cloud
Glenn Strange ... Stand Watie
Charles Arnt ... Gist
Julia Montoya Julia Montoya ... Heyoka
Ray Bennett ... Sgt. Manners
Dewey Drapeau Dewey Drapeau ... Teo-Ka-Ha
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Ray (as Boyd Red Morgan)
Lane Bradford ... Lee


Joan Britton, improbably gorgeous frontier horse dealer, and the much less scrupulous Stephen Cook are friendly competitors supplying horses to the Union Army in Wyoming Territory during the Civil War. Southern general Stand Watie, a Cherokee, is rumored to be in the area to stir up the Sioux against the Union, when Cook picks this worst possible moment to steal a herd of Sioux horses. Enter ex-army doctor Jonathan Westgate, who becomes Cook's rival for the love of Joan, opposes his crooked activities...and who alone can prevent a new Indian war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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All the savage fury of the Great Plains Indian Wars ! See more »




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Release Date:

17 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sioux Uprising See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1865 Red Cloud (1822-1909), chief of the Bad Face band of the Oglalas and leader of Sioux and Cheyenne bands, attacked U.S. forces in an attempt to stop the flow of settlers. Between 1865-67 Red Cloud and his braves killed Army construction troops on the Bozeman Trail and destroyed many white settlements. However, in 1868, he agreed to have his people settled on the Red Cloud Agency in Nebraska. See more »

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Sioux Convention.
11 June 2017 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Directed by Lloyd Bacon and collectively written by Melvin Levy, J. Robert Bren and Gladys Atwater. Starring Jeff Chandler, Faith Domergue, Lyle Bettger, Peter Whitney and Stacy Harris.

The grand title sadly doesn't match what is actually put on screen, since Bacon's film is more a thinker than a thugger. Plot has Chandler as an ex-Union surgeon who takes up with ranchers and Indians in fighting the good cause against Bettger's horse baron and nefarious rebel rousers.

Undeniably the intentions and thought as per the screenplay are honourable, the anti-racist currents coupled with thematics involving the false deals laid at the Native American's doors, these are interestingly played and keep the pic from sinking below an average level. Action is in short supply, but there are moments of muscular brawn and bravado, while the Oregon locations and Technicolor photography (Maury Gertsman) provide pleasing surroundings.

Chandler and Bettger get roles for which they were known and suited, but Domergue - radiant in that "just made love" look she had - just ends up as more token interest than the feisty intelligent business woman that the story threatens to unleash. Whitney and Harris deliver good foil as stoic friend and unscrupulous fiend respectively. While John War Eagle and Glenn Strange offer up a firm backbone in the secondary support slots.

The story and ideas have been done far better in far more well known Westerns, thus rendering this as hardly essential. But some merit exists and for Chandler and Bettger fans it's a decent time waster. 6/10

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