In El Paso, lawyer and ex-Confederate captain Clay Fletcher forms a vigilante group to bring law and order to a town where the judge is a drunk, the sheriff is corrupt and the town is run by a crooked landowner.
Army deserter Bart Laish decides that the best way for him to get away is to join a wagon train headed for Oregon. They're about a week ahead of him and on the trail Bart comes across an old friend, Major Andy Pepperis who is dying from wounds received in an Indian attack. He warns Bart that the Indians will next attack the wagon train and afterward finds the army station, Camp Taylor, destroyed. He assumes Pepperis' identity and catches up to the wagon train taking command of the soldiers escorting it. He proves to be a capable leader and quickly gains everyone's respect. As they get closer to their destination, Bart is closer to being caught and has to decide if and when he will leave them.Written by
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Towards the end of the movie, Crowshaw goes to deal with a wagon. Meanwhile, Laish orders the men to fall back to the rocks. Crowshaw is seen in two shots among the crowd falling back, but the next shot has him still with the wagon. See more »
Maj. Andy Pepperis:
It doesn't matter what you've been or what you've done. There must still be some good left in you. Or have you changed so much, Bart?
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Run-of-the mill and routine B-Western in medium budget , revolving around a wagon train assaulted by Indians .
Regular Allied Artists Picture fwith usual elements, such as Indian assaults , valiant cavalry , frenetic action , thrills, crossfire , drama, a love story and some spectacular action scenes . A light and well-known plot , as a wagon train results to be chased and ambushed by the Indians , then the survivors trust on an expert officer who results to be a deserter . Bart Laish (Sterling Hayden) who has charismatic qualities of leadership by protecting a wagon train from an impending Indian attack , as he could be defined as a handsome hero , as he emerges from the dust to stop savage Indians . Bart Laish decides that the best way for him to get away is to join a wagon train headed for Oregon, while the settlers atttempt to travel through rugged Indian territory . They're about a week ahead of him and on the trail , then Bart comes across an old cousin , Major Andy Pepperis (Carleton Young) , who is dying from injures received in an Indian ambush . The latter warns Bart that the Indians will next attack the wagon train . He assumes Pepperis' identity and catches up to the wagon train taking command of the soldiers escorting it and to save their lives , then he'll have to risk his own . Meanwhile , Bart falls for a drippy colonist , Christella Burke (Coleen Gray) who is also in love for Lieutenant Steve King (Keith Larsen) . As they get closer to their destination, Bart is closer to being caught . Along the way hundreds of vengeful Apaches who join the Pawnees track them down , thirsting for blood . Nothing could stop the last wagon from coming through! . By the way they have to face off the ruthless Indian chief Rasacura (Iron Eyes Cody) who instigates a spectacular wild attack . The danger trail that only the daring traveled ! Ablaze with Raging Adventure! afire with Romantic Love! Aflame with the Fury of Hate-Crazy Savages! Ablaze with the gun-thundering terrors of the West's most violent days! His guns sent the redskin hordes reeling through Pawnee Pass . Ablaze with the flaming fury of a thousand savage arrows ¡
Nice-looking but run-of-the-mill Allied Artists Western , including some novelties , but also with regular elements , such as frantic action, thrills , shootouts , cavalry charges , drama , romance and some breathtaking action scenes . This movie has a passable combination of decent performances, stirring drama and attractive outdoors .The agreeable script drives mercilessly forward with emotion , love triangles , cavalry charges , overwhelming attacks and turns . Director Lesley Selander aims for nosy action and go riding with a contemporary treatment about an innocent defector who gets redemption by becoming a brave leader of a wagon train . Along with a love triangle in which implicates Sterling Hayden and Keith Andes who is also in love with Coleen Gray . The plot is plain and simple , a wagon train turns out to be pursued , ambushed by the violent Indians. A blending of functional actors with support character players of whom Sterling Hayden holds the best role as a reckless officer . A warm and sometimes slow-moving storyline , makes a passable movie , a real time-passer in B-style . The hothouse plot drives mercilessly forward with rapid action , breathtaking shooting , thrills , impressive attacks , and turns . The yarn is wonderfully located against a spectacular background from Burro Flats, Simi Hills, California , Red Rock Crossing, Sedona , Oak Creek Canyon , Arizona, Courthouse Butte, Sedona, Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona . Professional , but routine , unimaginative and some pedestrian western directed by Lesley Selander who made a lot of low-budget movies , though he followed to work for a big-budget cinema and was capable of making a few large-scale movies . Alrightly performed by Sterling Hayden as a soldier wrongfully accused of desertion and his his fight for innocence as well as freedom , while escorting a wagon train . Here director takes a fine penned script by Don Martin, based on the novel written by L.L. Foreman , creating a so-so tale that is far from ordinary , exploring the anguish and desperation of an innocent man who has to decide if and when he will leave them . The tale is strong and moving , being the yarn wonderfully located against a background of Arizona mountains . Pretty good main cast , standing out Sterling Hayden as a cavalry deserter risks his life to warn , proving to be a capable leader and quickly gaining everyone's respect . He delivers an enjoyable acting as an innocent deserter who is relentlessly chased . As female partenaire shows up the always gorgeous Coleen Gray . There are well accompanied by a good plethora of secondaries such as : Tom Tully , Tudor Owen , Lee Van Cleef, John Pickard , Carleton Young and Iron Eyes Cody who usually plays Indian roles , though being Italian origin .
This red-blooded Western was compellingly directed in fits and starts by Lesley Selander and superbly filmed on location , though it has some matte painting . Selander is generally considered to be the most prolific director of feature Westerns of all time, with at least 107 to his credit between 1935 and 1967. He realized his first feature in 1936, a western , genre in which he would not only excel but one where he would spent much of the rest of his career. Although Selander couldn't be deemed an "A"-list director, his movies had a professionalism and a verve that many of those made by his fellow B directors lacked . He made a lot of Westerns as The Yellow Tomahawk , Cavalry Scout , Rider from Tucson , Rio Grande Patrol , Storm Over Wyoming , Dakota Lil , Riders of the Range , The Mysterious Desperado , Masked Raiders , Stampede and his last one : The Texan with Audie Murphy . He also filmed detective thrillers, action/adventure motion pictures and even a horror film or two . He finished shooting 106 horse operas helmed between 1917 and 1949. Rating : 5,5 . Acceptable and passable
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