Arrow in the Dust

Arrow in the Dust

Lesley Selander (1954)

U Certificate


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Prolific director Lesley Selander was one of the unsung heroes of the western. Starting out as a lab technician before becoming a cameraman, he got his break as a director in the mid-1930s thanks to his friendship with western star Buck Jones, with whom he made several films. In this workmanlike example of Selander's output, rugged Sterling Hayden stars as a deserter masquerading as an officer to help a wagon train through hostile territory. Red River's Coleen Gray plays the female lead and there's a nice early performance from Lee Van Cleef. But what makes this routine B-feature intriguing is the use of library footage from the 1951 Lew Ayres film New Mexico, even though it doesn't really match and effectively weakens the action sequences.


A US Cavalry deserter assumes the identity of a dead major and attempts to lead a wagon train complete with passengers to safety through hostile territory - but little does he realise there is a traitor in their midst. Western, starring Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Lee Van Cleef and Keith Larson.

Cast & Crew

Bart Laish Sterling Hayden
Christella Coleen Gray
Crew boss Lee Van Cleef
Lt King Keith Larson
Crowshaw Tom Tully
Carqueville Jimmy Wakely
Lybarger John Pickard
Director Lesley Selander
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdGuidance: Edited for some of its violence.