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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 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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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 »

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Romance | Western

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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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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

About 45 minutes into the movie Major Pepperis has his pants leg cut off by Stella so that she can bandage his leg. Then he goes to solve a problem with one of the wagons. When he returns his pants leg is un-torn and his leg is not bandaged. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Andy Pepperis: Gambler, gunfighter and now deserter?
Bart Laish: Yeah
Maj. Andy Pepperis: It looks like you added coward to the list.
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THE WEARY STRANGER
By Jimmy Wakely
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The Laramie Redemption.
21 April 2016 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Arrow in the Dust is directed by Lesley Selander and adapted to screenplay by Don Martin from the L. L. Foreman novel. It stars Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Keith Larson, Tom Tully and Tudour Owen. Music is by Marlin Skiles and Technicolor cinematography by Ells W. Carter.

Bart Laish (Hayden) is an army deserter, a gambler and a killer, but soon he is going to get a shot at redemption...

It's all very formulaic in plotting, yet there's some thought gone into the screenplay, whilst Selander wastes no chances to keep things brisk by inserting another finely constructed action sequence. Laish (a typically robust Hayden) finds himself in command of a wagon train, with soldiers and civilians, all now looking to him to stave off the wave after wave of Indian attacks, which interestingly sees the Pawnee and the Apache teaming up.

Naturally there's trouble in the camp, not only via some suspicious business men whose motives will reveal a key narrative thrust, but also by way of Gray's Christella Burke. She wanders in from some Estée Lauder advertisement (we don't care, we love 50s Westerns!), and pulses quicken for protagonist and viewers alike. Thematically the narrative is honourable, with decent amounts of angst and tortured heroics. There's some nifty war tactics, plenty of splendid gun play, and of course there's a human redemptive beat pulsing away - just begging to be found?

There's the usual "B" Western issues, such as weakly choreographed fighting between man versus man, dummies being flung over cliffs, and some average acting in support slots (not Lee Van Cleef, though, who is pottering around with menace). However, the Burro Flats location filming is beautifully photographed - in sync with Skiles' genre compliant score, while Hayden does enjoyable stern backed machismo, which plays off of Gray's sensuality perfectly, and Tully does grizzle to actually provide the film's best performance.

One for fans of this era of Western genre film making. Not a waste of time. Good show. 6.5/10


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