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Battle of Rogue River (1954)

Approved | | Western | 1 March 1954 (USA)
In Oregon, the Army is ordered to negotiate peace with the Indians but unscrupulous businessmen, who profiteered during the conflict, secretly sabotage the peace process.

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Complete credited cast:
... Major Frank Archer
... Stacey Wyatt
... Brett McClain
... Capt. Richard Hillman
... Sgt. McClain
Michael Granger ... Chief Mike
Freeman Morse ... Private Reed
... Corporal (as Bill Bryant)
... Matt Parish
... Lt, Keith Ryan
... Pvt. Kohler
Steven Ritch ... Indian (as Steve Ritch)
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The Indians, under Chief Mike, have been defeating the Army in Oregon for years. The new commander, Major Archer, plans to defeat the Indians once and for all, but his orders are changed to attempt a peaceful settlement. But there are certain people who do not want Oregon to become a state and they will attempt to keep the Indians on the war path. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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THE LAW OF THE LAST FRONTIER...FIGHT OR DIE! (original print ad - all caps)

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Bătălia de la Rogue River  »

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Since Oregon was admitted to the Union in 1859, this movie was set before the civil war. However, all of the troopers are wearing 1872 issue cavalry uniforms, not civil war era uniforms. See more »

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Brett McClain: Then you should know that a fighting man has to live between battles.
Maj. Frank Archer: He also needs to learn how to stay alive during battles. It's better for a man to come back to a woman than kiss her goodbye and never come back.
Brett McClain: You surprise me, Major. I had thought women had no place in your plans at all.
Maj. Frank Archer: It may surprise you to know, Miss McClain, that my own mother was a woman.
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Hard Times Come Again
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Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
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Mighty Despicable Treason
24 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Battle Of Rogue River is fought by George Montgomery as a newly arrived major in the Oregon territory who is charged to bringing the Indians under Chief Mike down and when that's done the path to admission as a state will be smooth. A very important issue for many reasons, those expressed in the film and with the Civil War looming another free state in the union. Curious that that fact was never brought up in the film.

Montgomery finds the discipline lax at the fort and soon puts that to right. As for the Indians and the tribe is never mentioned it is probably the Shoshone and they've been causing havoc the way Cochise and the Apaches were in Arizona. It's either beat them or deal with them.

His new orders opt for the latter, but some sinister forces have their own reasons for keeping Oregon wild and free. They pull some mighty despicable treason to do it.

Evenly matched against Montgomery is frontier girl Martha Hyer who's full of sass, she's the daughter of the post sergeant Emory Parnell. And leader of the civilian militia Richard Denning has more than a passing interest in her.

Battle Of Rogue River is produced by Sam Katzman who over at Monogram Pictures never saw the kind of budget this B western had. A good western it's still the kind of item that was showing up frequently on the small screen for free.


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