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The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)

Approved | | Western | 17 July 1953 (USA)
During the Civil War, Southern agitators and a crooked horse dealer endanger the peace between the Union and the Wyoming Sioux.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Melvin Levy (screenplay), J. Robert Bren (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Jonathan Westgate
Faith Domergue ... Joan Britton
Lyle Bettger ... Stephen Cook
Peter Whitney ... Ahab Jones
Stacy Harris ... Uriah (as Stacy S. Harris)
Walter Sande ... Joe Baird
Stephen Chase ... Major McKay
John War Eagle ... Red Cloud
Glenn Strange ... Stand Watie
Charles Arnt ... Gist
Julia Montoya Julia Montoya ... Heyoka
Ray Bennett ... Sgt. Manners
Dewey Drapeau Dewey Drapeau ... Teo-Ka-Ha
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Ray (as Boyd Red Morgan)
Lane Bradford ... Lee
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Storyline

Joan Britton, improbably gorgeous frontier horse dealer, and the much less scrupulous Stephen Cook are friendly competitors supplying horses to the Union Army in Wyoming Territory during the Civil War. Southern general Stand Watie, a Cherokee, is rumored to be in the area to stir up the Sioux against the Union, when Cook picks this worst possible moment to steal a herd of Sioux horses. Enter ex-army doctor Jonathan Westgate, who becomes Cook's rival for the love of Joan, opposes his crooked activities...and who alone can prevent a new Indian war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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All the savage fury of the Great Plains Indian Wars ! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sioux Uprising See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,350,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In 1865 Red Cloud (1822-1909), chief of the Bad Face band of the Oglalas and leader of Sioux and Cheyenne bands, attacked U.S. forces in an attempt to stop the flow of settlers. Between 1865-67 Red Cloud and his braves killed Army construction troops on the Bozeman Trail and destroyed many white settlements. However, in 1868, he agreed to have his people settled on the Red Cloud Agency in Nebraska. See more »

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Anti-racist
9 February 2016 | by a-caplanSee all my reviews

Not a great or even a very good Western, but notable, for 1953 (more than ten years before Cheyenne Autumn), for its relatively strong anti-racist message with reference both to the Abolitionist issue in the Civil War and to the long history of failed promises to Native Americans. Given the standard tendency of Westerns (at best) to skirt over race entirely or to present a favorable interpretation of the Confederate cause, this is no small issue.

Apart from Dr Westgate's (Chandler) obvious sympathy for the Indian position, he presents his case for Indian neutrality in the Civil War to the Sioux Council, citing the clear racism of the Confederate general (which he implied would be transferred to the Sioux if they made common cause with the Confederates) and the sacrifice being made by Northern troops in the cause of racial equality. Elmer Daves' Broken Arrow of 1950 with James Stewart and Chandler had already raised the issue of Indian grievances against US Indian policy, but this was emphasizing the message in a 'B' Western context.


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