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Arrowhead (1953)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Western | 3 August 1953 (USA)
Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon works for the US Army at Fort Clark, Texas and he dreams of aiding in bringing peace to the region, despite opposition from both the Army and the Apaches.

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Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Ed Bannon
Jack Palance ... Toriano
Katy Jurado ... Nita
Brian Keith ... Capt. Bill North
Mary Sinclair Mary Sinclair ... Lela Wilson
Milburn Stone ... Sandy MacKinnon
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Lt. Kirk
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Col. Weybright
Frank DeKova ... Chief Chattez (as Frank de Kova)
Robert J. Wilke ... Sgt. Stone (as Robert Wilke)
Peter Coe ... Spanish
James Anderson ... Jerry August (as Kyle James)
John Pickard ... John Gunther (as John M. Pickard)
Pat Hogan ... Jim Eagle
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Storyline

Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon narrowly avoids an Apache ambush while working with the cavalry stationed at Fort Clark, Texas. The US Army is trying to talk peace with the Apaches and move them to reservations in Florida, and they take Bannon's efforts as detrimental to their new policies, so they fire him. When the Apache chief's son Torinada returns from an Eastern education, Bannon becomes highly suspicious of his motives based run-ins with Torinada in the past. Bannon continues shadowing the proceedings to the chagrin of both the US Army and the Apache warrior. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Real Heroes of the West!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adobe Walls See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,640,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Kathryn Grant. See more »

Goofs

There actually was a Ghost Dance movement, it was a religious revival of Native Americans in 1890, but it did not involve Apaches, who inhabited mainly the Southwest (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, etc.). It was popular among the Lakota (Sioux) of the Northern Plains. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Gunther: Toriano is more than my friend. We played together when we were young. Look at this.
[shows scar on wrist]
Johnny Gunther: We made ourselves blood brothers.
Ed Bannon: There's just one way an Apache can put an end to that relationship. He kills ya!
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Rousing cavalry vs. Indians in the southwest
30 November 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

Paramount had a box-office hit with this fine cavalry-Indian adventure starring Charlton Heston. The dry, dusty adobe country of southwest Texas comes to life as the soldiers battle the Indians in several hit-and-run skirmishes until the troopers are forced to rely on a disliked army scout to rescue them from disaster. The picture doesn't explain why the scout, who was raised by the Apaches, hates them so much. The movie's theme of racial animosity against the Apaches is unpleasant for many viewers although the picture claims to be based on the life of an army scout. The film has great action scenes, believable characters, beautiful color cinematography and a brooding score by Paul Sawtell. Heston as the scout is well-matched against Apache leader Jack Palance and the supporting cast is solid, namely Brian Keith and Milburne Stone. In spite of its subject matter, this western was one of the best of the 1950s.


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