Fort Yuma (1955)

78-79 mins | Western | 4 October 1955

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HISTORY

The film's pressbook lists John Picard and Stanley Clements in the roles of "Santley" and "Cassidy" while the "official" credits in the MPAA/PCA file in the AMPAS Library list Lee Roberts and Edmund Penney. Clements was not in the film, and Picard's appearance has not been confirmed. According to HR news items, the film was shot on location near Kanab, UT. Joan Taylor was borrowed from Paramount for the production. Mangas Colorado was an actual Apache chief; for additional information on his life, See Entry for War Drums ... More Less

The film's pressbook lists John Picard and Stanley Clements in the roles of "Santley" and "Cassidy" while the "official" credits in the MPAA/PCA file in the AMPAS Library list Lee Roberts and Edmund Penney. Clements was not in the film, and Picard's appearance has not been confirmed. According to HR news items, the film was shot on location near Kanab, UT. Joan Taylor was borrowed from Paramount for the production. Mangas Colorado was an actual Apache chief; for additional information on his life, See Entry for War Drums . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Oct 1955.
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Daily Variety
27 Sep 55
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Sep 55
p. 8.
Harrison's Reports
1 Oct 55
p. 159.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 1955
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Apr 1955
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 55
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 1955
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 1955.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Oct 55
p. 610.
The Exhibitor
19 Oct 55
p. 4047.
Variety
28 Sep 55
p. 9.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Lighting tech
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Prop master
COSTUMES
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Silent Night, Holy Night," music by Franz Gruber, English lyrics, anonymous.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 October 1955
Production Date:
26 April--9 May 1955
Copyright Claimant:
Camden Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 October 1955
Copyright Number:
LP5535
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
78-79
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
17569
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the 1860s, during peace negotiations at Fort Yuma, an elderly Mimbreno Apache chief is killed by a white settler, prompting the chief's son, Mangas Colorado, to declare a resumption of war. Capt. Santley sends a message to Gen. Crooke at Fort Apache, requesting two full companies as reinforcement, but the messenger is captured by the Indians and killed before reaching his destination. Meanwhile, at Fort Apache, veteran officer Lt. Ben Keegan is given command of a cavalry column to escort ammunition and supplies to Fort Yuma. Although Keegan harbors an intense hatred for Apaches and is displeased at having an Apache, Sgt. Jonas, assigned as his scout, he is secretly in love with Jonas' sister Francesca, who is accompanying missionary schoolteacher Melanie Crowne on her journey to the fort. Melanie, an Easterner with strong opinions about racial equality, tries to befriend both Francesca and Jonas, but is rebuffed. Despite Keegan's attitude, Francesca is in love with him. Jonas knows of his sister's involvement and does not approve of it. The column leaves, unaware that war has resumed and, during the journey, the Indians kill off the troopers by ones and twos and take their uniforms. Melanie is attacked by two Indians, but Jonas rescues her by drowning one of her assailants while the other is captured. When the prisoner is interrogated, he tells Keegan that they will never reach Fort Yuma. After Keegan orders the Indian be hanged, Melanie protests, but to no avail. While this is happening, Mangas Colorado ambushes the rear of the small wagon train, killing two more soldiers, then attacks the others. Eventually, Keegan, Jonas and the two women are all that is left ... +


In the 1860s, during peace negotiations at Fort Yuma, an elderly Mimbreno Apache chief is killed by a white settler, prompting the chief's son, Mangas Colorado, to declare a resumption of war. Capt. Santley sends a message to Gen. Crooke at Fort Apache, requesting two full companies as reinforcement, but the messenger is captured by the Indians and killed before reaching his destination. Meanwhile, at Fort Apache, veteran officer Lt. Ben Keegan is given command of a cavalry column to escort ammunition and supplies to Fort Yuma. Although Keegan harbors an intense hatred for Apaches and is displeased at having an Apache, Sgt. Jonas, assigned as his scout, he is secretly in love with Jonas' sister Francesca, who is accompanying missionary schoolteacher Melanie Crowne on her journey to the fort. Melanie, an Easterner with strong opinions about racial equality, tries to befriend both Francesca and Jonas, but is rebuffed. Despite Keegan's attitude, Francesca is in love with him. Jonas knows of his sister's involvement and does not approve of it. The column leaves, unaware that war has resumed and, during the journey, the Indians kill off the troopers by ones and twos and take their uniforms. Melanie is attacked by two Indians, but Jonas rescues her by drowning one of her assailants while the other is captured. When the prisoner is interrogated, he tells Keegan that they will never reach Fort Yuma. After Keegan orders the Indian be hanged, Melanie protests, but to no avail. While this is happening, Mangas Colorado ambushes the rear of the small wagon train, killing two more soldiers, then attacks the others. Eventually, Keegan, Jonas and the two women are all that is left of the column and are forced to take cover on a mountainside from which they can see the Apache. The Apache, masquerading as travelers on the expected wagon train, are preparing a sneak attack on Fort Yuma. Jonas refuses to continue fighting against his own people, although Melanie convinces him that the walls between their peoples are crumbling. After Francesca is mortally wounded while trying to help Keegan and dies in his arms, Keegan, Jonas and Melanie ride ahead to try to warn the fort. Fortunately, a sentry with a telescope sees that the "soldiers" in the train are Apaches dressed as troopers and the fort's gates are closed. When the Apache propel a wagon full of ignited explosives towards the fort, Jonas manages to turn it around. The troopers then charge out and win a fierce battle, during which Keegan kills Mangas Colorado in a fight pitting saber against tomahawk. Now contrite about his prejudice, Keegan rides off after burying Francesca and wishing happiness to Melanie and Jonas, who now share the same philosophy regarding relations between Indians and whites. +

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