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The Charge at Feather River

  • Drama
  • 1953
  • Gordon Douglas
  • 95 mins
  • U

Summary

A Civil War veteran is summoned to a cavalry fort for a special assignment. He must lead a platoon of soldiers in search of two women who have been kidnapped by the Cheyennes. However, when he tracks down the hostages, he finds one of them is due to marry the chief and does not want to be rescued. Western, starring Guy Madison and Vera Miles.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A group of reprobates are rounded up and sent into Cheyenne territory to rescue two white women in this marvellous western that anticipates the plot of The Searchers (also a Warner Bros picture featuring Vera Miles) in many ways. Unfortunately, it is seriously marred by the miscasting of handsome Guy Madison in the lead, a role that was intended for Gary Cooper. It was originally shown in 3D, which explains why objects keep crashing towards the camera, notably the Cheyenne lances in the charge and the tobacco juice spat into the audience by rugged Frank Lovejoy to keep a rattlesnake at bay! Even without its gimmick, this is a well-written and well-directed movie.

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Credits

Cast

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Miles ArcherGuy Madison
Sergeant BakerFrank Lovejoy
Ann McKeeverHelen Westcott
Jennie McKeeverVera Miles
CullenDick Wesson
Grover JohnsonOnslow Stevens
RyanSteve Brodie
Johnny McKeeverRon Hagerthy
Lt Col KilrainFay Roope

Crew

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DirectorGordon Douglas

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Language
English
Formats
Colour
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