Blood on the Arrow (1964)

91 mins | Western | October 1964

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HISTORY

The 26 Nov 1962 DV reported the purchase of Mark Hanna’s original screenplay by Paramount Pictures from John Wayne’s Batjac Productions. On 6 Mar 1963, DV revealed that independent producer Leon Fromkess acquired the property from Paramount, with plans to begin production the following May. Eight days later, DV noted that Fromkess and associate Rudolph Flothow were traveling to Arizona to scout locations. The 16 Apr 1963 issue listed Burt Kennedy as director. Filming was postponed several times, as stated in the 26 Apr 1963 LAT, 16 Aug 1963 DV, and 1 Nov 1963 DV. The latter issue included a casting call for a “variety of cowboys, Indians and women.” The 14 Nov 1963 DV reported that actor Anthony Eisley was expected to appear in the film, following his recent three-picture deal with Fromkess. A news brief in the 2 Dec 1963 edition stated that Fromkess and production manager Herbert G. Luft were returning to Arizona for more scouting. The 2 Apr 1964 DV listed the Arizona’s Gila Bend Mountains and Kanab, UT, as locations.
       On 30 Mar 1964, DV noted that Robert E. Kent was hired to rewrite Hanna’s screenplay. Two days later, DV announced director Sidney Salkow as Burt Kennedy’s replacement. Principal photography began 5 May 1964, according to a 15 May 1964 DV production chart.
       Box office reports in the 4 Nov 1964 Var indicated openings over the previous month in Cincinnati, OH, Boston, MA, and Detroit, MI. ... More Less

The 26 Nov 1962 DV reported the purchase of Mark Hanna’s original screenplay by Paramount Pictures from John Wayne’s Batjac Productions. On 6 Mar 1963, DV revealed that independent producer Leon Fromkess acquired the property from Paramount, with plans to begin production the following May. Eight days later, DV noted that Fromkess and associate Rudolph Flothow were traveling to Arizona to scout locations. The 16 Apr 1963 issue listed Burt Kennedy as director. Filming was postponed several times, as stated in the 26 Apr 1963 LAT, 16 Aug 1963 DV, and 1 Nov 1963 DV. The latter issue included a casting call for a “variety of cowboys, Indians and women.” The 14 Nov 1963 DV reported that actor Anthony Eisley was expected to appear in the film, following his recent three-picture deal with Fromkess. A news brief in the 2 Dec 1963 edition stated that Fromkess and production manager Herbert G. Luft were returning to Arizona for more scouting. The 2 Apr 1964 DV listed the Arizona’s Gila Bend Mountains and Kanab, UT, as locations.
       On 30 Mar 1964, DV noted that Robert E. Kent was hired to rewrite Hanna’s screenplay. Two days later, DV announced director Sidney Salkow as Burt Kennedy’s replacement. Principal photography began 5 May 1964, according to a 15 May 1964 DV production chart.
       Box office reports in the 4 Nov 1964 Var indicated openings over the previous month in Cincinnati, OH, Boston, MA, and Detroit, MI. Blood on the Arrow opened 10 Nov 1964 in Los Angeles, CA, as a second feature to Fail Safe (1964, see entry). According to the 17 Feb 1965 Var, the picture was screened at the Apollo Theater in New York City as part of “Jocko and his Rocketship Show.” The live performance, hosted by Jocko Henderson, featured Marvin Gaye, the Spinners, the Three Degrees, Sheila Ferguson, and Willie Tyler.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Nov 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
6 Mar 1963
p. 10.
Daily Variety
14 Mar 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
16 Apr 1963
p. 10.
Daily Variety
16 Aug 1963
p. 6.
Daily Variety
1 Nov 1963
p. 8.
Daily Variety
14 Nov 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
2 Dec 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
30 Mar 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
1 Apr 1964
p. 8.
Daily Variety
2 Apr 1964
p. 6.
Daily Variety
15 May 1964
p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
26 Apr 1963
Section C, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
10 Nov 1964
Section D, p. 11.
Variety
4 Nov 1964
p. 8.
Variety
17 Feb 1965
p. 59.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst to the prod
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1964
Premiere Information:
Cincinnati opening: Oct 1964; Los Angeles opening: 10 Nov 1964
Production Date:
began 5 May 1964
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
91
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Prisoner of a U.S. Cavalry patrol, outlaw Wade Cooper is the only survivor of an Apache attack. Nancy Mailer rescues Wade and brings him to her husband Clint's trading post, where she nurses the outlaw back to health over the objections of her husband, a cowardly miser. The Apaches raid the post, kidnapping the Mailers' son and demanding rifles in exchange for his release. Clint Mailer obtains the aid of an outlaw band to steal the rifles from an Army post, but they are caught by soldiers and killed. Wade rescues the boy by leading the Indians into a booby trap in Clint's gold mine, and he and Nancy, who have fallen in love, start a new life ... +


Prisoner of a U.S. Cavalry patrol, outlaw Wade Cooper is the only survivor of an Apache attack. Nancy Mailer rescues Wade and brings him to her husband Clint's trading post, where she nurses the outlaw back to health over the objections of her husband, a cowardly miser. The Apaches raid the post, kidnapping the Mailers' son and demanding rifles in exchange for his release. Clint Mailer obtains the aid of an outlaw band to steal the rifles from an Army post, but they are caught by soldiers and killed. Wade rescues the boy by leading the Indians into a booby trap in Clint's gold mine, and he and Nancy, who have fallen in love, start a new life together. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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