40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967)

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The Apaches are on the warpath and the Army must defend them. Murphy's mission is to get a shipment of rifles, but it's stolen by greedy white traders with the help of mutinous soldiers.




  • Audie Murphy and Laraine Stephens in 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967)
  • 40 Guns To Apache Pass (1967) Audie Murphy, Laraine Stephens
  • 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967)
  • 40 Guns To Apache Pass (1967) Laraine Stephens, Audie Murphy
  • 40 Guns To Apache Pass (1967) Laraine Stephens, Audie Murphy
  • Audie Murphy in 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967)

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27 August 2011 | Erewhon
Bland, uncaring Western with one great performance
Audie Murphy plays a tough, by-the-book Cavalry officer in Apache territory who's hard on his men. He's sent to pick up 40 automatic rifles and bring them back to the fort, but he runs into difficulties (of course). This is one of those very routine minor movies that Murphy kept turning up in after the end of his Universal contract. The "fort" is a one-rail corral; the soldiers are colorless, minor character actors--with one exception (see below). Distances shrink and enlarge at the whim of the plot (sometimes the action takes place a couple of days from the fort, then it's an hour's ride). The locations are overly familiar--a couple of day's shooting in Red Rock Canyon, a couple of days probably in the Owens Valley, and a couple more in rolling California hills. But--and it's a big one--Bodine, the antagonist, is played by the reliable Kenneth Tobey. As always, he gives it his all--turning this minor role into a distinct, peculiarly likable heavy. He's wry, vindictive, amusing, and--unusually for a Western where most of the good guys are former Confederates (unless the name "Quantrill" is evoked)--he fought for the South, but he's a bad guy.

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