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Tumbleweed (1953)

Approved | | Western | December 1953 (USA)
When a wagon train is wiped-out by the Yaqui Indians, the surviving guide Jim Harvey is accused of desertion and cowardice but Jim escapes the town jail in search of the truth.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

John Meredyth Lucas (screenplay), Kenneth Perkins (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Jim Harvey
Lori Nelson ... Laura Saunders
Chill Wills ... Sheriff Murchoree
Roy Roberts ... Nick Buckley
Russell Johnson ... Lam Blanden
K.T. Stevens ... Louella Buckley
Madge Meredith ... Sarah Blanden
Lee Van Cleef ... Marv
I. Stanford Jolley ... Ted
Ross Elliott ... Seth Blanden
Ralph Moody ... Aguila
Eugene Iglesias ... Tigre
Phil Chambers ... Trapper Ross
Lyle Talbot ... Weber
King Donovan ... Wrangler
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Storyline

Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, hoping to persuade Aguila, the chief, to call off the attack due to Harvey's having saved his son's life, leaves the train to negotiate. He is captured and the rest of the train is wiped out except for two sisters. Escaping and showing up in town later, Harvey is nearly hanged as a deserter, but gets away. Eventually caught by the sheriff and his posse, they are attacked by Indians. This time the Indians are defeated and Aguila, captured and dying, reveals the identity of the white man who engineered the initial attack on the wagon train, just as the perpetrator rides up behind them. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The story of Jim Harvey...the savage terror he faced...the desert woman he loved! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Were Renegades 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

This movie was also known by the alternative title of "Three Were Renegades," the title of the 1937 novel 'Three Were Thoroughbreds' by Kenneth Taylor Perkins which the film was based and had been previously filmed as the 1948 film "Relentless." See more »

Goofs

Coyote Springs is dry, and Jim Harvey is dying of thirst, but his horse "Tumbleweed" digs a new spring, saving them. As Harvey leaves, he sees sheriff Murchorse ride up, walk into the dry spring bed, and collapse. Harvey returns to save the sheriff's life, giving him water, and uncovering the waterhole his horse dug. In the background, beginning at 1:01:28, and clearly visible at 1:01:50 is a wide stream of water. See more »

Quotes

Trapper Ross: I told you, you fly with jailbirds and you get dirty wings.
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One of the classic westerns
13 August 1999 | by LilyBSee all my reviews

A truly fun old western and Audie Murphy was fantastic as always. One of the great fight scenes on film come at the end between Audie Murphy and Russell Johnson (The Professor from Gilligan's Island)

Recommended viewing for western and Audie Murphy fans.


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