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Yellowstone Kelly (1959)

Approved | | Western | 11 December 1959 (Finland)
In 1870s, in the Sioux territory south of the Missouri, trapper and Indian scout Luther Yellowstone Kelly is hired by the army at Fort Buford but runs into trouble with the Sioux.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Burt Kennedy (screenplay), Heck Allen (from the book by) (as Clay Fisher)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clint Walker ... Luther 'Yellowstone' Kelly
Edd Byrnes ... Anse Harper (as Edward Byrnes)
John Russell ... Gall
Ray Danton ... Sayapi - Gall's Nephew
Claude Akins ... Sergeant
Rhodes Reason ... Maj. Towns
Andra Martin ... Wahleeah - Sayapi's Arapaho Captive
Gary Vinson ... Lieutenant
Warren Oates ... Corporal
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Storyline

A fur-trapper named Kelly, who once saved the life of a Sioux chief, is allowed to set his traps in Sioux territory during the late 1870s. Reluctantly he takes on a tenderfoot assistant named Anse and together they give shelter to a runaway Arapaho woman. Tensions develop when Anse falls in love with this woman and when the Sioux chief arrives with his warriors to re-claim her. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Always, the Kid strained to match Big Kelly's stride... and finally did, one Indian-screaming afternoon... See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1959 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Man nannte ihn Kelly See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The horse ridden by Kelly is the same one that Clint Walker rode most of the time in the television series, Cheyenne (1955). The horse, named Brandy, can be identified by the large white blaze and the white spot on its right hip. See more »

Goofs

The opening title card refers to Luther "Yellowstone" Kelly. In the bar scene, however, Major Towns calls him Lester Kelly. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant: You must be a tame Indian.
Yellowstone Kelly: I wouldn't count on that.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: The West was opened by courageous trail-blazing pioneers like Lewis & Clark and Luther "Yellowstone" Kelly, - - trapper, surveyor, and indian scout who was the first frontiersman to cross the mighty Yellowstone Valley. See more »

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Magnificent locations, pleasant adventure: a better way to make cinema
18 September 2001 | by pzanardoSee all my reviews

Magnificent locations, a pleasant adventure: "Yellowstone Kelly" is a typical nice western movie of the 1950s and, in my personal opinion, it is a relevant instance of a better way of making cinema (better than the current one, I mean).

The movie has merits and defects. Among the merits (apart the already quoted beauty of the photography): the fast-pace of the narration; a number of well-elaborated action scenes; the presence of Andra Martin as the Arapaho girl Wahleeah. In fact, beautiful Martin manages to create, with few but skillful touches, a soft erotic atmosphere rather unusual in western movies of that epoch. However, it should be noted that her (splendid) blue eyes are a relevant clumsiness of the movie. Clint Walker, in the role of the trapper Yellowstone Kelly, is a nice guy, though certainly not a great actor. As always in mature 1950's westerns, the war between whites and Indians is provoked by either hot-heads or rogues, in the present case a stupid ambitious cavalry officer: this remark is just intended to contradict the false common-place that in those years Indians were always represented as blood-thirsty savage assassins.

The story is placed around the Wyoming-Montana border: however the final part was evidently filmed in the wonderful area of Sedona, Arizona. I'm not able to decide whether this could be considered a defect of the movie: probably not. The worst flaw in the film is the fact that all Sioux perfectly understand and speak English (?). There are several other inaccuracies. For instance: I may be wrong, but I bet that the Blue Soldiers had never been equipped with Winchester carabines.

I saw "Yellowstone Kelly" at the theatre, when I was a kid: the pleasant impressions I retained have been confirmed by my recent new view at the TV. I recommend this movie, especially to people nostalgic of good old western flicks.


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