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Copper Sky (1957)

Approved | | Western | September 1957 (USA)
A Boston schoolmarm out west meets the sole survivor of a massacre, a drunk in jail.

Writers:

Robert Stabler (story), Eric Norden (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Morrow ... Haxon 'Hack' Williams
Coleen Gray ... Nora Hayes
Strother Martin ... Pokey
Paul Brinegar ... Charlie Martin
John Pickard ... Trooper Hadley
Patrick O'Moore Patrick O'Moore ... Colonel Thurston (as Pat O'Moore)
Jack Lomas Jack Lomas ... Lawson
William Hamel William Hamel ... Trumble (as Bill Hamel)
Dorothy Schuyler Dorothy Schuyler ... Townswoman
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Storyline

Alcoholic former cavalryman Hack Williams is arrested for killing an Indian, something he did not do. The townspeople, fearful of Apache reprisals, plan to hang Williams in hopes of heading off an attack. But the attack comes and Hack, locked in his jail cell, is the only survivor as a massacre occurs. Into the scene of carnage arrives schoolteacher Nora Haynes. Together she and Williams must find a way to reach safety before another Indian attack. But the pair are by no means well-matched, and their trip alone across the desert is not destined to be an easy one. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Two against a thousand blood-crazed Apache savages ... trapped under a flaming sky of HATE !

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Far West See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab Canyon, Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

If this story line sounds familiar, it's because this was a B-version rewrite of the classic The African Queen (1951) starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, albeit in a different setting. See more »

Quotes

Nora Haynes: Mr. Williams, I know nothing of what you've been talking about, nor does it matter at this time. The important thing is that you and I have found ourselves in the midst of a disaster. Something has to be done. What? What are we going to do?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: We, lady?
Nora Haynes: We, Mr. Williams. Most certainly something has to be done.
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: Yeah.
Nora Haynes: What?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: What.
Nora Haynes: Your intentions?
Haxon 'Hack' Williams: A quick departure, lady.
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Connections

Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »

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Copper Sky
Written by Raoul Kraushaar, Joseph Hooven (as Joe Hooven) and Marilyn Hooven
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Excellent movie for accuracy
6 April 2006 | by Rifleman44See all my reviews

I would bet that most people missed that firearms which were used in the production of this picture. They were actually authentic to the period. The rifle used was a Henry, long made before the recent import of Italian copies. They had to get it out of a museum. The handguns, too, which would have been appropriate for this time were the open top conversions. This was a breath of fresh air from western shot of the 1860s', and early 1870's, where everyone has a new model Colt - 0001 manufactured in 1873 and a model 92 Winchester of like 1982 date. The truth is these weapons were not seen by the average Westerner until 10 years after they were introduced.

Watch the movie again. It is unusual for a western love story, but it does have good story line, and AT LEAST IT IS ACCURATE. Undoubtedly due to Charles Marquis Warren who produced Gunsmoke - whose weaponry was not time period accurate. Matt Dillon carried a '92 Winchester. In the last season, Festus advises a deluded gold prospector that it was 1873. Festus Haggen would not have gotten one of the first in 1873! Every Western movie collection should have a copy.


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