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Arrow in the Dust (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 25 April 1954 (USA)
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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His guns sent the redskin hordes reeling through Pawnee Pass! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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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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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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Lack-luster, routine shoot-'em-up western.
18 February 2000 | by dstatzerSee all my reviews

The use of stock footage and uninspired acting and direction make this a very slow, routine western effort. Despite the cast (Hayden, Larson) this one is just too predictable to suffer through. And yet, in spite of it's failings, it often appears on TV while better efforts rot in a can somewhere. Go figure.


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