7 August 2012 | ma-cortes
Colorful Indian/Cavalry Western about the notorious Apache leader and his revolt against white men
Agreeable but underrated B-movie about the famous Indian leader , being set on spectacular landscapes and attempts to adhere to historical facts concerning his life . History comes alive in color by Technicolor with passable actors and adequate action . 1853 an Army Major named Tom Burke (Robert Stack , future Elliot Ness in The untouchables) along with Capt. Bill Lawson (John Crawford) have been sent to Tucson to agree peace with the Indians. He is successful with Cochise (John Hodiak : Lifeboat , Battleground) , the Apache leader, but Cochise is unable to get the Comanches to make peace treaty . The Apaches then turn back a raid by the Comanches and white men rode into the hills to turn back the Apache tide . The cavalry officer tries to keep a lid on a volatile situation when Indian leader Cochise is being prodded into starting a warn . There is a man in Tucson that wishes the Indian war against the cavalry to go on and when a stray Army rifle is discovered and it murders Cochise's spouse, it appears the Apaches will break the peace treaty . Later on , the daughter (Joy Page who worked in Casablanca) of a Mexican wealthy owner is kidnapped by Indians and Cochise fall in love with her .
There are wonderful outdoors shot on spectacular territory and it displays action , shootouts, violence and though sometimes is slow-moving , isn't tiring neither dreary , sustaining the interest for quite a while . The movie also portrays the sensitive side of the Native American character though is dramatically slack and some moments there's nothing left to maintain viewer involvement . The film states that there were thousands Apache warriors at war in Arizona, when in fact was in the entire state and never more than several hundred fighting the white settlers and the US Army at any one time . This Indian-on-the-warpath tale is based on historical character and real events : Cochise and and the Gadsden Purchase 1853 that just brought part of Mexico into the United States . The motion picture didn't obtain success and resulted to be mediocre at box office , in spite of the appropriate sets , glimmer cinematography in Technicolor by Freulich and atmospheric musical score ; being filmed on location in Santa Clarita, Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park California, USA .
This low-budgeted motion picture was professionally directed by William Castle . He was an expert craftsman with some of the all-time great schlock names serving as the producer Sam Katzman and fondness for gimmicks as proved in his successful terror films such as House of haunted hill , The Tingler , Mr Sardonicus , Strait-jacked , Homicidal , Macabre and 13 Ghosts . Castle emulated Alfred Hitchcock , this included the practice of appearing in the trailers, and even making cameo appearances in his films . Furthermore , he made several Western such as 1955 Duel on the Mississippi , 1955 The Gun That Won the West ,1955 El Americano , 1954 Masterson of Kansas , 1954 The Law vs. Billy the Kid , 1954 Jesse James vs. the Daltons , 1954 Battle of Rogue River , 1953 Fort Ti , 1951 cave of outlaws. Rating : 5'5 . Acceptable and passable .