PG | | Drama, History, Western
The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation.
Spencer Tracy was first cast as Secretary of the Interior Karl Shultz, but he had a heart attack and was replaced by Edward G. Robinson. His scenes were entirely photographed in studios, including the climactic meeting scene between Shultz and the Cheyenne chiefs, in which the background had to be done with screen process.
The whole truth of the matter is that you let this become a test of wills between you and the Cheyenne. You have made it your own personal fight!
Capt. Oskar Wessels: You are a liar! You lie! Nothing I have done is personal. I am a soldier. I was a soldier in Prussia ...
The lanterns held by army guards outside the warehouse where the Indians were being kept after surrendering were "Coleman" lanterns, first produced in 1914.
Many television prints run 145 minutes, and omit the scene with James Stewart as Wyatt Earp. The video release is the full 154-minute version.
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