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Pillars of the Sky (1956)

Approved | | Action, Western | 14 September 1956 (France)
In 1868 Oregon, when the Army violates the treaty by building a road across the reservation, several tribal chiefs decide to unite their forces against the trespassing whites.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Sam Rolfe (screenplay), Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... First Sgt. Emmett Bell
Dorothy Malone ... Calla Gaxton
Ward Bond ... Dr. Joseph Holden
Keith Andes ... Capt. Tom Gaxton
Lee Marvin ... Sgt. Lloyd Carracart
Sydney Chaplin ... Timothy
Willis Bouchey ... Col. Edson Stedlow
Michael Ansara ... Kamiakin
Olive Carey ... Mrs. Anne Avery
Charles Horvath ... Sgt. Dutch Williams
Orlando Rodriguez Orlando Rodriguez ... Malachi
Glen Kramer Glen Kramer ... Lt. Winston
Floyd Simmons ... Lt. Hammond
Pat Hogan ... Jacob
Felix Noriego Felix Noriego ... Lucas
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Storyline

In Oregon Country, 1868, several tribes of Native Americans have been placed on a reservation north of the Snake River. Here Doctor Holden has built a church, and many of the tribes have accepted Christianity and Christian names. Sgt. Emmett Bell is in charge of maintaining order here. When the cavalry, under the command of Col. Stedlow, arrives, building a bridge across the river and intending to open a road across the reservation to areas north, some of the tribal chiefs feel their treaty has been violated. As the cavalry column advances into the reservation, Kamiakin vows to lead the tribes in battle against the encroaching white men. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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The story of a people's faith and the courage of a man they called Godless!

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dem Tode entronnen See more »

Filming Locations:

Wallowa Lake, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Between takes, Ward Bond argued with Lee Marvin that the United States should attack the Soviet Union because of the what Bond claimed to be a communist threat. Marvin, a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran wounded at the World War II Battle of Tarawa, asked Bond how he spent the war. Bond, had no real reply, as Marvin pointed out that the only thing Bond knew about war was what he pretended to fight on studio back lots. See more »

Goofs

When, during the big battle, the Colonel orders that cannon #1 be fired, but it fails to recoil. The force of firing a twelve-pound cannonball should rock a cannon back on its wheels, but a blank movie charge produces a negligible amount of recoil.

When Cannon #2 is fired there is too much smoke to say whether it recoils or not, but it's also certainly another blank charge. See more »

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Soundtracks

Link o' Day
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Traditional
Arranged by Milton Rosen
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Manitou's revenge
2 May 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

That scene,when the good doctor courts danger ,when he comes towards an army of angry bloodthirsty Indians ,strongly reminds you of that scene in "the war of the worlds" (1953) when Uncle Matthews ,the minister ,faces up to the Martians ,a Bible and a cross in his hands .But those Indians were supposed to be Christians whereas the ETs were not .Which would tend to show that religion does necessarily calm people down !Jeff Chandler is efficient as sergeant Bell but the love affair is totally bland and Dorothy Malone is totally wasted (hardly 10 lines to say in the whole movie)-she would win an AA for her next movie the famous "written on the wind" melodrama -.Some (Indian only) sadism in certain scenes.


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