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Arrow in the Dust (1954)

A calvary deserter risks his life to warn and protect a wagon train from an impending Indian attack.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Don Martin (screenplay), L.L. Foreman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sterling Hayden ... Bart Laish
Coleen Gray ... Christella Burke
Keith Larsen ... Lieutenant Steve King
Tom Tully ... Crowshaw
Jimmy Wakely ... Private Carqueville
Tudor Owen ... Tillotson
Lee Van Cleef ... Tillotson Henchman
John Pickard ... Sergeant Lybarger
Carleton Young ... Major Andy Pepperis
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Storyline

Army deserter Bart Laish decides that the best way for him to get away is to join a wagon train headed for Oregon. They're about a week ahead of him and on the trail Bart comes across an old friend, Major Andy Pepperis who is dying from wounds received in an Indian attack. He warns Bart that the Indians will next attack the wagon train and afterward finds the army station, Camp Taylor, destroyed. He assumes Pepperis' identity and catches up to the wagon train taking command of the soldiers escorting it. He proves to be a capable leader and quickly gains everyone's respect. As they get closer to their destination, Bart is closer to being caught and has to decide if and when he will leave them. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Ablaze with the gun-thundering terrors of the West's most violent days! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deserter See more »

Filming Locations:

Sedona, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Allied Artists Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Allied Artists first movie to used a 1.85 aspect ratio. All previous widescreen product by Allied Artists was composed for 1.66. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, Crowshaw goes to deal with a wagon. Meanwhile, Laish orders the men to fall back to the rocks. Crowshaw is seen in two shots among the crowd falling back, but the next shot has him still with the wagon. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Andy Pepperis: It doesn't matter what you've been or what you've done. There must still be some good left in you. Or have you changed so much, Bart?
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THE WEARY STRANGER
By Jimmy Wakely
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Sterling Hayden VS his bottom Lip...
26 March 2012 | by rleary1See all my reviews

Well, after reading the other reviews I have to concur that this movie is pretty darn horrible and boring. TCM is having a Sterling Hayden festival and unfortunately this movie was thrown in for good measure. Where did they get these Indians? Regarding another reviewers 'Review' of the 'School of Bottom Lip Acting' from Hayden, I started to find myself transfixed and staring at Hayden's bottom lip jutting out during the very slow arduous task of viewing the movie. At one point a young cavalry soldier asks Hayden 'should we stay and fight or retreat'. I expected Hayden to reply, 'Not sure, let me consult with my bottom lip'. Early in the film a dying cousin Andy comments to deserter Hayden, 'Surely there is still some good in you?' I expected Hayden to say, 'Nope, this ol' six-gun and bottom lip do the talking' for me..' o.k. well, actually it's the bottom lip that does the talking and the six-gun does the shooting but whatever'... Another annoying thing in his performance is Hayden seems to be faking a deep gruffy voice that makes him sound like Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) on the Mary Tyler Moore show. Lou!? Are any of you Indians named 'Lou'? Just avoid this film at all costs is all I can suggest.


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