Oregon Passage (1958)

80-82 mins | Western | January 1958

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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Rio Bravo . The picture was filmed on location in Oregon's Deschutes National Forest with, as noted in the credits, "the co-operation of the Forest Service, U.S.D.A., and the Bend, Oregon, Chamber of Commerce." Var incorrectly lists the name of Jon Shepodd's character as "Lieut. Baird Dobson." HR news items add Judith Ames and J. P. Catching to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been ... More Less

The working title of the film was Rio Bravo . The picture was filmed on location in Oregon's Deschutes National Forest with, as noted in the credits, "the co-operation of the Forest Service, U.S.D.A., and the Bend, Oregon, Chamber of Commerce." Var incorrectly lists the name of Jon Shepodd's character as "Lieut. Baird Dobson." HR news items add Judith Ames and J. P. Catching to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Jan 58
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Jan 58
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 57
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 1957
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 57
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 1957
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 58
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Feb 58
p. 725.
Variety
29 Jan 58
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief set elec
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
Ward man
Ward woman
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
SOUND
Sd eff ed
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Set cont
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Rio Bravo by Gordon D. Shirreffs (New York, 1956).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Rio Bravo
Release Date:
January 1958
Production Date:
late July--mid August 1957
Copyright Claimant:
Allied Artists Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 January 1958
Copyright Number:
LP9556
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
80-82
Length(in feet):
7,372
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18729
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the rugged Oregon Cascade country of 1871, the U.S. Cavalry searches for the elusive Black Eagle, a Shoshoni warrior who has inflamed the otherwise peaceful local Indians to make frequent attacks on the fort. Determined to subdue Black Eagle, Lieut. Niles Ord, who has spent his life among tribal peoples, raids a ceremonial village, but instead of capturing the rebellious brave, he takes a more willing prisoner: Little Deer, who had been captured from another tribe to be Black Eagle's bride. Upon returning to the fort, Niles meets his new commander, Maj. Roland Dane, an arrogant man who mistakenly assumes that the Shoshoni are similar to the Plains Indians he fought in the Midwest. Dane, insanely jealous of even the smallest attentions shown his pretty but flirtatious wife Sylvia, is already suspicious of Niles, who had a brief romance with Sylvia two years before she met her husband. Bored and resentful at having been brought to a frontier outpost, Sylvia begs Niles to run away with her. Meanwhile, Little Deer tries to convince Niles that she is the woman destined to be his wife. Niles is amused by these attentions, but he is worried about Capt. Boyson, the former commander of the fort, who, because he lapsed into alcoholism after suffering torture at the hands of the Indians, faces a court-martial. Determined to be rid of Boyson, Dane sends him to another fort to face charges, accompanied by only a few soldiers. Soon afterward, Black Eagle returns Boyson, his belly slit open, to Dane's fort on horseback. Niles and his Indian scout Nato try to convince Dane that Black Eagle wants to lure small ... +


In the rugged Oregon Cascade country of 1871, the U.S. Cavalry searches for the elusive Black Eagle, a Shoshoni warrior who has inflamed the otherwise peaceful local Indians to make frequent attacks on the fort. Determined to subdue Black Eagle, Lieut. Niles Ord, who has spent his life among tribal peoples, raids a ceremonial village, but instead of capturing the rebellious brave, he takes a more willing prisoner: Little Deer, who had been captured from another tribe to be Black Eagle's bride. Upon returning to the fort, Niles meets his new commander, Maj. Roland Dane, an arrogant man who mistakenly assumes that the Shoshoni are similar to the Plains Indians he fought in the Midwest. Dane, insanely jealous of even the smallest attentions shown his pretty but flirtatious wife Sylvia, is already suspicious of Niles, who had a brief romance with Sylvia two years before she met her husband. Bored and resentful at having been brought to a frontier outpost, Sylvia begs Niles to run away with her. Meanwhile, Little Deer tries to convince Niles that she is the woman destined to be his wife. Niles is amused by these attentions, but he is worried about Capt. Boyson, the former commander of the fort, who, because he lapsed into alcoholism after suffering torture at the hands of the Indians, faces a court-martial. Determined to be rid of Boyson, Dane sends him to another fort to face charges, accompanied by only a few soldiers. Soon afterward, Black Eagle returns Boyson, his belly slit open, to Dane's fort on horseback. Niles and his Indian scout Nato try to convince Dane that Black Eagle wants to lure small groups of soldiers from the fort, thereby gradually depleting it of manpower. Dane scoffs at these assertions, however, and orders a detail to find the braves who killed Boyson. Leading the patrol himself, Dane is unaware that the men are being led into a trap. When Black Eagle attacks, all but Dane and one other soldier are killed. Back at the fort, Dane sends Nato to Fort Rock to request reinforcements, but the scout returns with distressing orders: Dane must send troops to Fort Rock to help battle the Modocs. Realizing that few men are left to protect the fort, Niles decides that he must find and kill Black Eagle, who, the drums say, is in a holy place preparing himself for the big attack on the fort. Because Little Deer knows the location of the holy site, she volunteers to lead Niles to the spot, and Niles, impressed with her bravery, finally accepts her love. Niles and Little Deer find Black Eagle, but the warrior escapes. Shortly afterward, Sylvia is captured while taking her daily ride outside the fort. Dane tracks the raiding party to Black Eagle's camp, where, rather than see his wife touched by Indians, he shoots her. They, in turn, kill him, and then ride out to launch the big attack. Back at the fort, the remaining soldiers prepare for the approaching war party by hiding in the cemetery outside the gates, a strategy designed by Niles. As the attacking braves draw near, the troopers surprise them with gunfire, throwing them into complete disarray. Niles pursues Black Eagle and the two men engage in a knife fight. Niles pins Black Eagle to the ground, finally suffocating him in the dirt. As the cavalry returns to the fort, Little Deer runs out to greet her beloved Niles. +

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