They Rode West (1954)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Medical Drama, Cavalry Film  |   Release Date - Dec 4, 1954 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After Robert Francis became an "instant star" in Columbia's The Caine Mutiny (54), the studio rushed Francis into as many vehicles as possible. In They Rode West, Francis plays a young Army doctor, stationed at a remote cavalry post. The post's commander (Philip Carey) immediately clashes with Francis due to the latter's humanitarian attitudes towards Native Americans. When a malaria epidemic breaks out at a local Kiowa encampment, Francis insists upon treating the Indians, despite opposition from both Carey and the tribe's medicine men. May Wynn, Francis' Caine Mutiny vis-a-vis, is third-billed in They Rode West. Alas, Robert Francis' skyrocketing career plummeted to earth when he was killed in a 1955 accident.

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army, doctor, cavalry, conflict, epidemic, malaria, humanitarian, medical-treatment, Native-American