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Drums Across the River (1954)

Approved | | Western | June 1954 (USA)
When whites hunger after the gold on Ute Indian land, a bigoted young man finds himself forced into a peacekeeping role.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

John K. Butler (screenplay), Lawrence Roman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Gary Brannon
Walter Brennan ... Sam Brannon
Lyle Bettger ... Frank Walker
Lisa Gaye ... Jennie
Hugh O'Brian ... Morgan
Mara Corday ... Sue
Jay Silverheels ... Taos
Emile Meyer ... Nathan Marlowe
Regis Toomey ... Sheriff Jim Beal
Morris Ankrum ... Chief Ouray
Bob Steele ... Billy Costa
James Anderson ... Jed Walker
George Wallace ... Les Walker
Lane Bradford ... Ralph Costa
Howard McNear ... Stilwell (as Howard Mc.Near)
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Storyline

Crown City, Colorado, may become a ghost town; the only gold left is in Ute Indian land. Gary Brannon, an honest man who hates Indians, joins a mission to try for mining concessions; but crooked Frank Walker, more realistically, plans to start an Indian war. Gary and his wiser father Sam have their hands full keeping the peace, and Walker has lots more schemes up his sleeve. More plot twists than the average Western. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A wilderness of danger ! An empire of savage hate !

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adlerschwinge See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Stirrups are visible beneath the blankets on the Indians' horses. See more »

Quotes

Chief Ouray: I fought the enemies of peace, no matter who, while I lived. I will fight them after my death.
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The Utes and their land
29 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Drums Across the River concerns freighters Walter Brennan and his son Audie Murphy trying very hard to prevent a full scale Indian war which Lyle Bettger and sidekicks seem bound and determined to start.

There's some rich mineral deposits on Ute land which is separated by a river boundary. Lyle Bettger plays on the greed of the white folks to invade the Ute treaty land so the government will send in troops to move them.

Brennan sees the game for what it is, but it takes Murphy a while to come around. When he does he's the heroic Audie we know in most of his B westerns.

Lots of action and a really nice performance by Jay Silverheels as the young Ute chief. Silverheels was on hiatus from the Lone Ranger and he ought to be remembered for more than just playing Tonto.

There's also a nice performance by Mara Corday who is Bettger's squeeze and does quite a bit more for him than the usual moll.

Despite that the film probably suffered from some poor editing and a script in which the character's motivations in doing certain things are a bit vague.

Nevertheless Drums Across the River has enough action to satisfy any western lover.


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