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Revolt at Fort Laramie (1957)

Approved | | Western | March 1957 (USA)
At the start of the Civil War, the soldiers manning Fort Laramie are split between Yanks and Confederates but the real threat is the warpath Sioux surrounding them all.

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Lesley Selander
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Dehner ... Maj. Seth Bradner
Gregg Palmer ... Capt. James 'Jamie' Tenslip
Frances Helm Frances Helm ... Melissa Bradner
Don Gordon ... Jean Salignac
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Sgt. Darrach
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Serrell (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Sterling Franck Sterling Franck ... Ezra (as Cain Mason)
Robert Knapp ... Lt. Chick Waller
Frederick Ford Frederick Ford
Eddie Little Sky ... Red Cloud (as Eddie Little)
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It's just prior to the Civil War and Fort Laramie's problem is the Sioux Indians. When it is announced that war has been declared the fort becomes divided between northerners and southerners. The fort Commander and the southerners resign and head south. But they have to go through Sioux territory and are soon attacked. A messenger gets back to the fort to relate their hopeless condition and the new northern commanded must decide what to do. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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...THIS TIME IT WAS DIFFERENT...THIS TIME SOLDIER WAS MASSACRING SOLDIER IN A FLAMING REBELLION AT FORT LARAMIE! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fort Laramie See more »

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Production Co:

Bel-Air Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When the Indians attack the troops on the rafts in the river, the same 2 Indians are seen being shot off their horses twice. See more »

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Maj. Seth Bradner: Within the walls of this fort is a company of the Army of the United States. The States are no longer united. Each of you has chosen his own loyalty. Perhaps there are some of you who have yet to make that decision. Whichever way you choose, you will for the present time, continue to exist together. In anger, if necessary with hatred, but within this fort you will remain a company of soldiers. That order doesn't come from me or from Washington. That order comes from Red Cloud and his warriors.
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Not revolting at all.
7 August 2017 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Revolt at Fort Laramie is directed by Lesley Selander and written by Robert C. Dennis. It stars John Dehner, Gregg Palmer, Frances Helm, Don Gordon and Robert Keys. Music is by Les Baxter and cinematography by William Margulies.

Upon watching this above average Oater one word kept coming to mind, brief! Be it the battle scenes, the finale and of course the running time, it'as all so brief. Which when you have such a powder-keg premise at the core of the pic, is hugely annoying.

We have the Fort of the title made up of Southern and Northern soldiers, all standing together to repel the Red Cloud led Sioux Army. Then the First Battle of Fort Sumter opens on April 12, 1861, and what was once a harmonious force is now divided. Into the mix is shifty shenanigans involving gold, a lovers relationship under strain and murder! If only we could have had a bigger budget, another thirty minutes run time, and someone to throw a firecracker over it and BOOM!

Still, it's an entertaining piece with well staged battles - one a siege and one on the river - good scenes such as the opposing soldiers singing against each other with their respective "homeland" anthems, and fun moments like Dehner's Major Bradner being restrained in leg irons to stop him sleepwalking to his doom! Baxter's score is mostly standard stuff but occasionally shows inspiration like incorporating the said North/South anthems, while the Kanab locations are beautifully utilised (so not Laramie then? So what).

If only everything wasn't so brief. Grrrr. 6/10


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