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Smoke Signal (1955)

A suspected cavalry deserter proves to be resourceful in helping the surviving members of a fort, flee Indians along a dangerous river.

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writers:

George F. Slavin (story and screenplay), George W. George (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Brett Halliday
Piper Laurie ... Laura Evans
Rex Reason ... Lt. Wayne Ford
William Talman ... Capt. Harper
Milburn Stone ... Sgt. Miles
Douglas Spencer ... Garode
Gordon Jones ... Cpl. Rogers
William Schallert ... Pvt. Livingston
Robert J. Wilke ... 1st Sgt. Daly (as Robert Wilke)
William Phipps ... Pvt. Porter (as Bill Phipps)
Pat Hogan ... Delche
Peter Coe ... Ute Prisoner
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Storyline

Capt. Harper's cavalry patrol returns to the fort to find it besieged by Ute Indians. The apparent cause is the recapture of Army traitor Brett Halliday, who deserted to the Utes in a previous war; but Brett has a different story. With capture imminent, the only chance for the surviving men (and one woman) is to boat down a wild, uncharted river, where Harper and Halliday must pull together, like it or not. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Through a Gauntlet of Indian Terror they fled...every moment bringing her nearer safety and leading the man she loved nearer his destruction! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rauchsignale See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1955
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to Piper Laurie in her memoirs Learning To Live Out Loud, Dana Andrews was almost always drunk between the shooting sequences, but remained very professional on the set. See more »

Goofs

Just before the two boats are put back in the river, the Indians attack and a trooper is killed. The dead soldier flinches two times during the rest of the battle. See more »

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Twice a deserter
17 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Smoke Signal stars Dana Andrews as an army deserter who left because his late commanding officer was hell bent on starting an Indian war which he did. When the Indians went on the offense Andrews deserted them and is now a prisoner.

Now the commander is dead and Andrews is a prisoner at his fort. But that might not mean much as most of the fort is dead and the Utes are closing in. There one chance for the survivors and it means heading down the Colorado River which as yet is unexplored, especially around that Grand Canyon area.

One woman the late commander's daughter Piper Laurie, one trapper Douglas Spencer and a bunch of soldiers led by Captain William Talman who has a special reason for hating Andrews as his brother was killed in a battle with the Utes. But it's pretty clear that Andrews is the one guy who really knows what he's doing.

The film is mostly the journey down the Colorado River where we see who makes it and who doesn't. Only six are left in the boat at the end, you have to see which six.

Nice location cinematography and good ensemble performance by a veteran cast.


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