The Golden Horde (1951)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Substitute Genghis Khan (Marvin Miller) with Sitting Bull and the Crusaders with the U.S. Cavalry and you have a perfect Western melodrama in The Golden Horde -- which, of course, was director George Sherman's specialty. The Lone Pine vistas seen here may remind the viewer more of the wild and woolly West than Samarkand, and such typical Hollywood hams as Henry Brandon, Richard Egan, and, so help us, Poodles Hanneford seem mighty closer to the hills of Beverly than the highlands of Uzbekistan. Only the typical mock-antediluvian dialogue hints at a suitably mysterious pulp fiction East -- that and the fact that all involved, not just the barbarians, use bows and arrows. Universal-International brought David Farrar from England to add verisimilitude to the lead crusader and to make love to Princess Ann Blyth and both look splendid in Technicolor.