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They Rode West (1954)

Approved | | Western | 4 December 1954 (USA)
A young cavalry doctor treats very sick Indians against orders, whom are forced to stay on unhealthy land, which could lead to a war.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

DeVallon Scott (screenplay), Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Francis ... Dr. Allen Seward
Donna Reed ... Laurie MacKaye
May Wynn ... Manyi-ten
Philip Carey ... Capt. Peter Blake (as Phil Carey)
Onslow Stevens ... Col. Ethan Waters
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Martha Walters
Roy Roberts ... Sgt. Creever
Jack Kelly ... Lt. Raymond
Stuart Randall ... Chief Satanta
Eugene Iglesias ... Red Leaf
Frank DeKova ... Isatai
John War Eagle ... Chief Quanah
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Dr. Gibson
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Storyline

Dr. Allen Seward (Robert Francis) is assigned to a western cavalry post where his predecessors had been drunks and slackers. The post doesn't take kindly to him either, especially after he disregards regulations and tends to sick Indians on the malaria-infested reservation. The Indians break away from the reservation to move to a healthier higher ground, and when they join with the Comanches to besiege the fort, Seward is branded as a "woodhawk", the bird that turns against its own. Donna Reed is present as the niece of the post commander; Phil Carey is a cavalry captain that believes the only good Indian is a dead Indian, and May Wynn (who shared a screen debut with Francis in "The Caine Mutiny)is the white girl raised by the Indians and married to the chief's son. Francis would make only two more films before being killed in a 1955 plane crash. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One false move meant death when ... They Rode West.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woodhawk 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

In close ups Manyi-ten has long manicured finger nails. See more »

Goofs

When the Indians ride away after attacking the fort, there are no dead bodies in sight, even though many Indians were killed. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Peter Blake: You've disobeyed orders by coming here. Let's go.
[pause]
Capt. Peter Blake: Doctor, I said let's go!
Dr. Allen Seward: Now we'll fix you up little fellow.
Capt. Peter Blake: I said let's go, Doctor.
Dr. Allen Seward: It's going to be alright. Now, son, drink this.
Capt. Peter Blake: [Cocks gun] You're under arrest.
Dr. Allen Seward: 2 people have already died of malaria here. 22 more are sick. Would you mind not shooting me until after I've treated them?
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Robert Francis
24 June 2003 | by toonnnnnSee all my reviews

What a shame that this young actor died so tragically after making his film breakthrough,I guess its a cruel irony we will never know how good he would have really been.In this western he is a dedicated doctor who helps friend and foe alike,this is a basic western but worth watching once.The action scenes are good,and it shows that the US army was split into two as to the treatment of indians.5/10


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