6.4/10
524
10 user 8 critic

The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)

Approved | | Western | 9 May 1952 (USA)
When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian tribes, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. The only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.

Director:

George Sherman

Writer:

Gerald Drayson Adams (story and screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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
Stars: Audie Murphy, Anne Bancroft, Pat Crowley
Gun Fury (1953)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In Arizona, Frank Slayton's gang robs a stagecoach and kidnaps Ben Warren's fiancée, prompting Warren to pursue Slayton.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Philip Carey
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Forced by circumstances,Confederate POWs and Union soldiers join forces against Indians but old animosities resurface during their fragile alliance.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell, Jeff Chandler
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When peacemaking Apache chief Cochise dies, the Chiricahua Apaches are torn between following Cochise's peace loving son Taza and following the warlike renegade Apache warrior Geronimo.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Gregg Palmer
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A corrupt marshal is pressured by his army friend into negotiating the release of white captives of the Comanches, but finds that their reintegration into society has its consequences.

Director: John Ford
Stars: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones
Tomahawk (1951)
History | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1866 Wyoming, a frontier scout tries to prevent a war between the Sioux and the U.S. when the Army builds a road and a fort on territory previously ceded to the Sioux by treaty.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Van Heflin, Yvonne De Carlo, Alex Nicol
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When the South loses the war, Confederate veteran O'Meara goes West, joins the Sioux, takes a wife and refuses to be an American but he must choose a side when the Sioux go to war against the U.S. Army.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Rod Steiger, Sara Montiel, Brian Keith
7th Cavalry (1956)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An officer accused of cowardice volunteers to bring back General Custers's body after Little Big Horn.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Hale, Jay C. Flippen
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins
Firecreek (1968)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A peace-loving, part-time Sheriff in the small town of Firecreek must take a stand when a gang of vicious outlaws takes over his town.

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens
Gunpoint (1966)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young, determined sheriff and his posse chase a gang of murderous train robbers, and a kidnapped woman into New Mexico.

Director: Earl Bellamy
Stars: Audie Murphy, Joan Staley, Warren Stevens
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

White settlers plan to defy the agreement between the government and the Comanche in order to mine for silver on Comanche lands, while scout Jim Bowie tries to keep the peace in the territory.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Macdonald Carey, Will Geer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lund ... Maj. Jim Colton
Jeff Chandler ... Cochise
Susan Cabot ... Nona
Bruce Cowling ... Neil Baylor
Beverly Tyler ... Mary Kearney
Richard Egan ... Sgt. Reuben Bernard
Jay Silverheels ... Geronimo
John Hudson ... Lt. George Bascom
Jack Elam ... Mescal Jack
Regis Toomey ... Dr. Carter
Tommy Cook ... Little Elk
Hugh O'Brian ... Lt. Robert Harley
James Best ... Cpl. Hassett
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... George Culver
Gregg Palmer ... Joe Bent (as Palmer Lee)
Edit

Storyline

When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian tribes, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. The only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A GREAT INDIAN LOVE -- AND A GREATER HATE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Levante dos Apaches See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The story combines two real-life elements, one that happened in 1861, the other (the battle) in 1862, making this something of a prequel to Broken Arrow (1950). The events in that film took place in 1871 and 1872. Jeff Chandler and Jay Silverheels reprised their roles from the previous film, as Cochise and Geronimo respectively. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie does contain historical accuracy with Cochise and Lt. Bascomb it errs on the designation of the guidons belonging to the 7th Cavalry. Custer's 7th never fought anyone but plains Indians. See more »

Connections

Followed by Broken Arrow (1956) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Blessed are the peacemakers, they've got their work cut out for them
14 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Battle At Apache Pass is dependent on its verisimilitude for the notion that most Americans are ignorant of the fine points of the true story of the various American Indian wars. Broken Arrow took place in the early 1870s and it's where Tom Jeffords and Cochise formed a peace pact that included all the Apaches except those followers of Geronimo.

In this prequel the Civil War has come and a lot of soldiers are ordered back to fight in the east. Some ambitious people on both sides like Geronimo for the Apaches and Bruce Cowling a political hack Indian agent with ambitions to be territorial governor try to break an informal peace established by the friendship of Major John Lund and Cochise as played by Jeff Chandler who returns as Cochise. Jay Silverheels as Geronimo is the only returnee from Broken Arrow.

The Battle At Apache Pass is not in the same league of greatness as Broken Arrow, but it still is a pretty good western. If the film has a moral it is blessed are the peacemakers because they have their work cut out for them. It doesn't take much to start a war, but a lot of work and sacrifice is needed to end one. There are enough examples in real life right down to today to affirm that notion.

Through it all Lund and Chandler retain a mutual respect for each other and both are afforded the opportunity to save the women that each other loves, Beverly Tyler for Lund and Susan Cabot for Chandler.

Besides those I've already mentioned, standing out in the supporting cast is Jack Elam at his squinty eyed evil best as a scout working for Cowling and Richard Egan as a tough, but compassionate sergeant. His scenes with Susan Cabot where he shows her a world of respect as due the first lady of a nation have a lot of depth to them.

Not as good as Broken Arrow, but still a fine western The Battle At Apache Pass holds up very well for today's audience.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed