Column South (1953)

Genres - Action, Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Cavalry Film  |   Release Date - May 20, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Audie Murphy is suitably cast as cavalry lieutenant Jed Sayre in Universal's Column South. Stationed in Navajo country, Sayre has a pretty good understanding of, and rapport with, the local Indians, but his new CO Lee Whitlock (Robert Sterling) is of the "only good Indian is a dead Indian" school of thought. Eventually Sayre is able to make Whitlock see the light -- and, as a bonus, he gets to romance Whitlock's sister Marcy (Joan Evans). Further complications arise when Confederate General Storey (Ray Collins) hatches an underhanded scheme -- one that will potentially cost many innocent lives -- to force the cavalry troops to join the Southern cause when the Civil War commences. Of interest to modern viewers is the presence of Dennis Weaver, here cast as Navajo chief Menguito.

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cavalry, Confederate, conflict, daughter, General, hostility, love, military, Native-American, officer, rookie, scheme, transfer, tribe, troops