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Apache Uprising (1965)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 29 December 1965 (USA)
Various stage coach passengers and outlaws travelling through Indian country are forced to join forces against the Apaches.


R.G. Springsteen


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Jim Walker
Corinne Calvet ... Janice MacKenzie
John Russell ... Vance Buckner
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Charlie Russell (as Lon Chaney)
Gene Evans ... Jess Cooney
Richard Arlen ... Captain Gannon
Robert H. Harris ... Hoyt Taylor
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Bill Gibson
DeForest Kelley ... Toby Jack Saunders
George Chandler ... Jace Asher
Jean Parker ... Mrs. Hawks
Johnny Mack Brown ... Sheriff Ben Hall
Don 'Red' Barry ... Henry Belden (as Donald Barry)
Abel Fernandez ... Young Apache Chief
Robert Carricart ... Chico Lopez


When drifters Jim Walker and Bill Gibson find a settlers' wagon destroyed by Apaches, they immediately suspect an Apache uprising. The Tontos and the Mescaleros Apaches have stirred trouble in recent months, partially to protest against settlers' incursions on Apache lands. The two drifters ride into an Apache ambush and they have to fight their way out. Shortly after, they encounter a Cavalry patrol and they inform Captain Gannon about a possible Apache revolt. Captain Gannon is skeptical about it but agrees to allow the two drifters join his column on their way to Apache Wells where the Captain expects a full report from Jim and Bill regarding their incident with the Apaches. Meanwhile, in Apache Wells, the stagecoach lines' regional manager, Hoyt Taylor, is preparing to board the stage for Lordsburg. He is carrying a large sum of money belonging to the stage lines.Aware of this, outlaws Vance Buckner, Jess Cooney and Toby Jack Saunders plan to rob the stagecoach outside the town. ... Written by nufs68

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Killer outlaws ... avenging Apaches ... and the gunslinger who fought them all !


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

29 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rebelion apache See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1964, it was announced that King Vidor would direct. See more »


At the end of the movie John Russell and Rory Calhoun are fighting. Russell slides down the hill, tearing the right rear of his pants, exposing his underwear. However, as Russell later gets up, his pants are obviously not torn. See more »


Jim Walker: I had a partner once who got caught by some of Victorio's Mescaleros. They staked him out on an ant hill, slit his eyelids and then let nature take it's course.
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Rory Calhoun and Lon Chaney
30 November 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1965's "Apache Uprising" was number 6 out of the 13 B-Westerns produced at Paramount by A.C. Lyles in the mid 60s, crammed full of incidents taken from better known titles, particularly John Ford's "Stagecoach." Rory Calhoun and Arthur Hunnicutt make an interesting team of drifters riding shotgun on a stagecoach to Lordsburg; like Berton Churchill, there's a corrupt businessman (Robert H. Harris) carrying a load of cash, and like Claire Trevor, there's a woman of ill repute (Corinne Calvet). The threat of Apache attack is of course present, along with the more immediate danger posed by deadly gunmen Gene Evans and an especially mean spirited DeForest Kelley, their boss (John Russell) only a few paces behind, just waiting to complete that big payday. Smaller roles are essayed by Richard Arlen, Donald Barry, George Chandler, and two actors making their final screen appearances, the still attractive Jean Parker ("Dead Man's Eyes," "Bluebeard") and Johnny Mack Brown, reduced to playing a lecherous sheriff. Best of all is Lon Chaney, now 6 for 6 in Lyles Westerns, doing the Andy Devine role of coach driver Charlie Russell, a hard drinking, lovable bear of a man, laughing and enjoying life no matter the danger. Present for 8 of the 13 Paramounts, Chaney rejoices in his biggest part yet, and happily survives to the very end. Despite so many familiar elements, Lyles makes it all work in unpredictable fashion, with John Russell getting his just desserts, while DeForest Kelley gets off lightly (offscreen, sad to say).

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