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Walk the Proud Land (1956)

An agent sent from Washington in 1874 takes charge of an Apache reservation and has the oppressive US Army back off, which creates conflicts and causes the Indians to have great respect for him.

Director:

Jesse Hibbs

Writers:

Gil Doud (screenplay), Jack Sher (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... John Philip Clum
Anne Bancroft ... Tianay
Pat Crowley ... Mary Dennison
Charles Drake ... Tom Sweeny
Tommy Rall ... Taglito
Robert Warwick ... Chief Eskiminzin
Jay Silverheels ... Geronimo
Eugene Mazzola ... Tono
Anthony Caruso ... Disalin
Victor Millan Victor Millan ... Santos
Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor ... Capt. Larsen
Eugene Iglesias ... Chato
Morris Ankrum ... Gen. Wade
Addison Richards ... Gov. Safford
Maurice Jara Maurice Jara ... Alchise
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Storyline

Indian Agent sent to try new approach to peace with Apaches based on respect for automomy rather than submission to Army. Wins over reservation chiefs and the Indian widow (Bancroft) given to him as housekeeper. Through use of diplomacy and demonstrations of faith in Apache leaders, reservation is put on the road to automomy. Conflicts arise between Apache widow and Eastern wife but latter has a lot to learn. Written by Rita Richardson <rita.richardson@arch2.nara.gov>

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Out of the pages of the West's most thrilling history comes the saga of Indian Agent John Philip Clum ...whose Faith built a fortress in a wilderness of hate...and tamed the fury of Geronimo's last desperate stand! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apache Agent See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1956
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the knife fight scene where Clum breaks up the war dance, his opponent slashes at Clum and hits a tree. When the two separate, the knife is obviously pulled from the tree. In the next scene the two are on the ground fighting, but the knife is stuck in the tree. See more »

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The tenderfoot is very brave
1 July 2013 | by daviddaphnereddingSee all my reviews

In this true story about the Indian Agent John Clum, who went from the East to the Apache Indian reservation near Tucson, Arizona in 1874 to work with the mistreated Indians, Audie Murphy performs well in his role as a reserved man who is, nonetheless, bold toward the uncooperative U.S. Army and brave toward some Apaches who are mean with a killer's temper; he has to demonstrate his bravery more than once. The authentic Old Tuscon is, naturally, appropriate, and this movie set is very Old-West looking. The story can be provocative in a sense, for it begs a question concerning what our attitude should be toward Native Americans and any other minority group. Charlie Drake shows his acting prowess both as an army sergeant and as an occasional drunk. Pat Crowley is also capable in her role as Clum's wife, a lady herself from back East who must adjust to the situation into which her husband is thrown, if she can make such an adjustment. Anne Bancroft is very convincing as the lovely and tempting Indian widow who becomes so much in love with Clum. And Jay Silverheels shows what the mean Geronimo must have been like. It is not only a good western and a good biopic, but it does, again, challenge our thinking about our attitude toward minority races. The movie is worth the while for many reasons.


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