When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian tribes, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. The only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.
During the 1898 gold rush in Nome,Alaska, many miners are faced with claim jumpers bent on stealing their legitimate gold claims.The new gold commissioner, Alex McNamara, assures the miners that judge Stillman is on his way to Nome to review all legal matters concerning the mines.However, the miners grow impatient and want to settle matters the old fashioned way:with a gun.Finally, a ship arrives bringing judge Stillman and his daughter to Nome. On the same boat,local mine owner,Roy Glennister,returns to Nome and is greeted by girlfriend Cherry Malotte who's the owner of the local saloon and gambling house.But Roy is full of gallantry toward fellow boat passenger, Helen Chester,which causes a jealousy scene between Roy and girlfriend Cherry.Following their lovers' quarrel Roy and Cherry discover that judge Stillman and his legal team are phony,the gold commissioner, Alex McNamara, is corrupt and that Roy and his mining partner, Dextry, are about to lose their mine to phony claimants.Written by
During the climactic fist-fight, Glennister punches McNamara who falls onto a gaming table which collapses to the floor. There is a cutaway to the town drunk and we hear two more punches, but when we return to the fight, McNamara is still picking himself up from the floor. See more »
Rex Beaches 1906 novel had been done 2 times as a silent film, twice as a sound film prior to this outing. So the plot had been used and reused with slight differences. This one pretty much follows the same plot.
The 1942 version with Marlenea Deitrich, and John Wayne is better that this one for star power. The 1930 version starring Gary Cooper was once in a late show tv package in the 1960's but is now considered a lost film. The silents are impossible for most modern viewers to watch. That brings us to 1955.
Rory Calhoun is a fairly big name actor, while Jeff Chandler is most comfortable in formats other than westerns which even though this is Alaska, it plays mostly as a Western. Anne Baxter is okay here. In fact the whole cast is okay. That's the problem, as this film really adds nothing to the previous versions and the stars are not as good as the John Wayne / Randolph Scott version.
This version is currently on Grit. Would love it if the channel could run the Scott/Wayne/Dietrich version with this as a double feature. If they could run the Cooper version too, it would make an interesting triple. Especially with all those bulb head commercials the channel runs. If they could remake it today and make it more of an "R" rated film, it could actually sell tickets. With a good cast, it could be re-made well and use some modern effects and some :mature loving plot to update it.
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